Kriti Sanon, who was the first choice for the role, has no regrets about losing out on Prabhu Deva’s Akshay Kumar-starrer Singh Is Bling. The role has now gone to Amy Jackson.
Then again, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s Farzi, which Kriti had signed while saying no to various plum assignments, never took off, because its leading man Shahid Kapoor deserted the project.
Says Kriti, “All this churning in my career was unfortunate. It wasn’t as if I looked for the confusion. I was thrilled to have signed Singh Is Bling opposite Akshay Sir. I even underwent rigorous preparation for the roll. I learnt kickboxing and Salsa, especially for the film. But then the film got delayed and my dates clashed with the ones I had allotted to Rohit (Shetty) sir for Dilwale.”
She adds, “Akshay Kumar sir, Prabhu Deva sir, Rohit Shetty sir, Shah Rukh sir are all extremely busy superstars. I couldn’t ask any of them to adjust my dates. There was no option but to opt out of Singh Is Bling. But believe me, there is no bad blood about it. On the day Singh Is Bling took off I called Prabhu Sir to wish him all the best. I am in touch with the film’s producer Ashvin Yarde. God willing, I’ll get a chance to work soon with Akshay sir.”
Kriti is also committed to work with Sajid Nadiadwala, who launched her in Bollywood. “I have a three-film deal with Sajid sir. But that isn’t the point. The Heropanti team is like home ground to me. I am part of their lives as they are part of mine.”