Vishal Bhardwaj postpones Irrfan-Deepika film
The film has been pushed back due to the poor health condition of the lead actors
Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj says he is postponing his film, starring Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, by a few months as both the actors are having health issues.
"I am pushing the film back by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice and it will take him a few weeks to recover, and Deepika Padukone's back problem, which had developed during the shooting of Padmaavat, has now resurfaced," Bhardwaj wrote on Facebook.
He said that Deepika's role in the upcoming film was very "physically demanding" and that the "doctor has advised her not to do any strenuous work for a couple of months."
"In the past few weeks, I felt like I was back in the days of Maqbool while prepping with them. Deepika and Irrfan's look tests have come out exceptionally well, nothing like you have seen before, and it took me a moment to recognise them when I saw the test photographs," he added.
The filmmaker, who said he wants both the stars to be "strong and fit" before they start shooting for the film, also made it clear that the film is still untitled and that it is not a biopic. "I would also like to clarify that the film is not based on Rahima Khan/Sapna Didi's life. Yes, it's a takeoff from the story Femme Fatale from Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai, but as we worked on this idea, the story and screenplay have taken on a new identity and shape which is nowhere close to the above-mentioned names. Hence, it's definitely not a biopic," he added.
Bhardwaj also took to Twitter to announce that the shooting of the film has been pushed.
Pushing back film by a few months, @irrfank down with jaundice and @deepikapadukone with resurfaced back issue caused during Padmaavat. While prepping, was transported to Maqbool days. Stunning look tests, can’t wait to start shoot. Sending pyaar & duaaen to my Ustara and Afshan.— Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) February 21, 2018