"The filmmaker has now decided to push this film"
Actresses Sara Ali Khan and Kriti Sanon have turned down Raees (2017) director, Rahul Dholakia’s film that he has been planning for a few years.
The film has been described as a social thriller, which is a remake of a Korean film.
Originally, Kriti was roped in for the role of the protagonist and both Rahul and Kriti made an official announcement.
After the news was confirmed, the cast of the film underwent many changes.
According to Pinkvilla, these changes meant that Kriti had to leave the project. A source explained:
“Kriti had to opt-out of the film because of date issues. She finished Housefull 4 (2019) and then moved on to shoot Dinesh Vijan’s Mimi (2020) which will also be her first woman-centric film.”
Mimi is based on the Marathi film, Mala Aai Vhhaychy (2010). It showcases a story surrounding the practice of surrogacy in India.
The source continued to mention how Rahul’s film is said to be a female-centric movie, saying:
“Rahul’s film is also very female-driven with the lead heroine shouldering it completely. They parted ways amicably and Rahul was on the lookout for another lead.”
As a result of Kriti having to leave the film, Rahul turned his head towards Sara.
Sara has proven her acting credibility with her films Kedarnath (2018) alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Simmba (2018) with Ranveer Singh.
The source went on to state:
“Rahul needs an actress who can perform really well.”
“Sara has proved her acting mettle in the first two films and when Rahul approached Sara, she really liked the idea and how Rahul has taken the idea of the original and woven it into a completely Indian subject.”
Despite Sara approving the script, she too had issues with timing and dates for the film. The source added:
“Sara has already committed her dates to a few other films – she’s doing Aanand L Rai’s next and is also in talks with Anees Bazmee for a film with Vicky Kaushal.
“She couldn’t accommodate her dates for Rahul’s film and now, after she also said no, the filmmaker has now decided to push this film for now and start work on another idea he’s developing.”
These two unfortunate setbacks mean we must wait a while longer for Rahul Dholakia’s film to come to life.