Mumbai: Even as news of Aishwarya Rai taking over JP Duttaâ€™s â€˜Umrao Jaanâ€™ from Priyanka Chopra reaches showbiz shores, thereâ€™s news that Priyanka has found a way to equal her score with Ms â€˜Tulipâ€™ Rai. The â€˜Aitraazâ€™ girl has replaced Rai in Rohan Sippyâ€™s Abhishek Bachchan-Riteish Deshmukh caper â€˜Bluff Master.â€™
Another shocking aspect of this sudden switch from one beauty queen to another is that Aishwarya wasnâ€™t informed about her ouster from this project! In fact, while in Amsterdam for the Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) awards, she had been quite excited about going back to Mumbai for doing Rohan Sippyâ€™s film. All of Ashâ€™s and this writerâ€™s efforts to contact the director were stonewalled.
When informed about this sudden change in the filmâ€™s cast, Aishwarya was genuinely shocked and disbelieving.
â€œHow can that be? Iâ€™ve finalised everything, given Rohan the dates he wanted. Of course I
donâ€™t have a written contract with them. But does one need to sign formal papers with friends? Maybe Iâ€™ve got to learn to be more practical and business-minded.
In Amsterdam, Abhishek and I were talking about what fun it would be to shoot together again. And now, this? No, thereâ€™s got to be some serious communication error,â€ said a disbelieving Ash. â€” HNS