Priyanka ChopraNew York: Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Herione’ is facing one issue after another, much like the ‘Heroine’ in the movie. After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had been signed on for the lead role, Madhur had problems finding takers for the male lead. The issue was finally resolved and shooting commenced amidst much secrecy and security.

But alas, Madhur was to be disappointed. Asihwarya Rai Bachchan’s status changed from ‘talented actress’ to ‘talented actress who is mother-to-be’. While Madhur, the friend could not be happier for Aishwarya and Abhishek, Madhur the director became concerned. He was debating the wisdom of getting Aishwarya to perform darkly, intense emotional scenes in her delicate condition. He had the option of toning down the intensity, but that would take away from the essence of the film. As a film maker, Madhur is not willing to compromise on the script.

The latest buzz is that Aishwarya has been dropped from the project. The jury is out on whether it is fair to dump Aishwarya just because she got pregnant. Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra has jumped in to seize the opportunity by sending feelers to Madhur that she is interested in playing the lead. Priyanka has worked with Madhur in ‘Fashion’ and shares a good rapport with him. Post the debacle of ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ and ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, Priyanka’s career is floundering just a little bit. Smart girl that she is, Priyanka knows the value of a project like ‘Heroine’.

Over to you Madhur. Let us see how you handle this one.

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