Renowned Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi, had turned heads a few months back by showing up for a secret look test with none other than Deepika Padukone in Mumbai.
Padukone, who had her first international release last week in ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ (2017), was almost a confirmation for the film, until now. Sources now say she got rejected after her first look test, reports Deccan Chronicle. The public had been able to see pictures from her look test where she was dressed in a washed out oversized red kurta and green salwar, giving a completely rugged look.
The production team also confirmed Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother Ishaan Khatter would be making his debut with the film. Though the youngster had been rumoured to be making his debut in Karan Johar’s Hindi remake of ‘Sairat,’ the news had been squashed.
The rejection might come as a major blow to Padukone, who has not had a Bollywood release since ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015), combined with mixed reviews alongside Vin Diesel in ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage.’ This obviously differs to her contemporary Priyanka Chopra, who’s been making steady inroads into Hollywood and will soon be seen in ‘Baywatch.’
If she were to be selected, Padukone would have been seen playing Khatter’s on-screen sister. Incidentally, she portrays Shahid Kapoor’s wife in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’.
The film, titled ‘Beyond the Clouds,’ will have music composed by Indian maestro, AR Rahman. Though an international film, it is set entirely in India, featuring an Indian cast.
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