Wasn’t Given a Reason: Taapsee out of ‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh’ Remake
The final cast is yet to be decided.
Taapsee Pannu has been dropped from the remake of BR Chopra’s 1978 film Pati, Patni Aur Woh. The film is being produced by Bareilly Ki Barfi’s Juno Chopra.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the Manmarziyaan actor was one of the first to be approached for the film. After listening to the narration in November, Taapsee gave the script her nod of approval. The publication quoted the actor as saying, “I was asked to clear my schedule and I complied. Only the clauses remained to be negotiated. But they suddenly vanished.” She also mentioned that she had taken time off from another film to accommodate Pati, Patni Aur Woh. Since the news was sudden, she could not use the dates she had blocked for the remake for another project.
Taapsee also alleged that the producers never offered her a concrete reason for their decision to drop her and had kept the film’s director Mudassar Aziz in the dark as well.
“Poor Mudassar also hasn’t been given a reason for it. He was just asked to ‘take someone else’. When I tried to confront the producers, I wasn’t given a proper reason. As much as I have been trying to get some clarity on the matter, they have been putting the conversation off, which is very weird.”Taapsee Pannu, Actor
She clarified that it was not the news that she had been ousted from the film that bothered her as much as the fact that she was not properly informed about it. “I think it would have been better if I was informed about the development instead of finding out about it from others. I deserve an answer. This is disheartening,” she said.
The producers, Bhushan Kumar and Juno Chopra, have put out a joint statement that reads, “When a script is locked, every director or producer approaches actors for the casting of the film, it is a basic protocol followed by almost all filmmakers. Similarly, for our upcoming project – Pati Patni Aur Woh, we reached out to many actors, who we thought could be our potential protagonists in the film. The versatile actress Taapsee Pannu was one of the many actresses we had approached for one of the leading ladies in the film. However, we as Producers have never made any commitment to her. We would like to clarify that our casting was purely done on the basis of who suited the characters to the tee. Tapasee is an extremely talented actress and we would love to work with her in future. We will soon make the official announcement for the final cast of Pati Patni Aur Woh.”
(With inputs from Mumbai Mirror)
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