The hunt for the leading ladies for Shah Rukh Khan – Aanand L. Rai’s next still continues. Rumours were rife that Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif were approached for the roles. While Katrina is still in the running Deepika opted out of the project because of her commitment to Padmavati which is being helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Later reports made the rounds that Alia was approached for the role too but it looks like the actress has also cited date issues to opt out of the movie which will see Shah Rukh playing the role of a dwarf.
But the way in which Alia opted out of the movie is an interesting story indeed. She didn’t want to be in the bad books of Shah Rukh as he was nothing but humble when he starred in Alia’s Dear Zindagi as a supporting character.
According to a leading daily, Alia approached her mentor and SRK’s best friend Karan Johar. He insisted that she go to Mannat with her manager, Reshma Shetty. At the meeting, Alia presented her entire calendar and asked him to choose dates that either suited him or excuse her from the project itself. Shah Rukh was glad that Alia had taken the initiative to explain her situation to him.
Meanwhile, Alia has two movies under her kitty currently. One is Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy which stars Ranveer Singh as a rapper. The other one is Ayan Mukerji’s Dragon which will see the actress paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor.