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Katrina Kaif opts out of Shahid Kapoor’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu

As per the reports, Katrina Kaif has walked out of Shahid Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu. As the actress is busy shooting for Aanand L Rai’s untitled film with Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan starrer Thugs Of Hindostan, her tight schedule seems to be the reason for her to back out of the project.

“The director [Shree Narayan Singh] had given her a script narration. She loved the story and asked her team to work out further details,” a source from the creative team said.

The makers of the film were hunting for A-list female actress to work opposite Shahid Kapoor who will be playing the role of a lawyer in the film.

The source added, “She has an equally strong role as she plays his friend, philosopher and guide. Kaif seemed to fit the bill. Also, this was the first time Shahid and she would be working together. It’s a challenging role and the character mouths dialogues in a particular style as the film is set in Uttarakhand. Kaif would not just have to look the desi character, but also learn the diction, which would be tough given the time constraints; hence she thought it would be better to say no right at the outset. She was keen on being part of the project, but there was no way she could juggle the dates. She tried to work out the schedule, but it looked tough to fit in the prep along with the shooting of the two films.”

Talking about Katrina Kaif opting out of the film, producer Prernaa Arora said, “We approached Katrina as she was our first choice. She loved the subject and the character. We were ready to work together, but there was a clash of dates. There were workshops she couldn’t attend as she’s shooting continuously for Aanand L Rai’s film and Thugs Of Hindostan till March next year.”

Adding further, Prernaa said, “Batti Gul Meter Chalu needs to be shot in cold climes on outdoor locations in January and February. The story demands a winter backdrop. As Katrina will not be free till March, we couldn’t wait for Katrina.”