The tale of How Lara Dutta said Yes
Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan make a good pair on screen notwithstanding the fact that favourite pairs do keep changing with time.
Even Aditya Chopra was keen to rope the pair for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom but Priyanka had her hands full with work namely Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho and Drona and so had to turn down the film. Aditya Chopra and director Shaad Ali were almost heart-broken when Priyanka couldn’t do Jhoom.
Yash Raj Films’ spokesperson on the other hand tells us that Priyanka was not really considered for the film, and they had initially considered casting Vidya Balan with Abhishek.
Vidya had agreed to do the film after the first narration. However she refused and begged out of the film when she realised that she has two left feet and working in Jhoom… would have required her to boogie to several filmy tunes as the plot has lots of hip-shaking acts.
That’s when the film went to Lara Dutta. Shaad Ali had messaged her about the film when she was tending to her critically ill parents in Bangalore. She only got back to Shaad after a week.
Reportedly, Lara was very restless while waiting to give a go-ahead to Shaad as she didn’t want to lose out on a Yash Raj film. She also did not want to be seen as a pricey actress!!!