With Priyanka Chopra in the lead, Katrina, Chitrangada and Jacqueline refused to stand in her shadow
Going by the number of times the names of the female second leads have been altered in Rakesh Roshan's Krrish sequel, it even beats Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai.
Both Yash Chopra and Boney Kapoor (for Judaai) hunted hard to lock on their second heroine after the lead actresses were finalised. This seems to be the exact reason why Katrina Kaif, Chitrangada Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez opted out of the superhero project.
Says a source, "Priyanka Chopra is the resident heroine of the franchise and is also known to be very close to the Roshans. Other heroines were bound to feel insecure. So Katrina, Chitrangada and Jacqueline, all of whom audaciously stepped in, then stepped out, because of Priyanka's presence."
Continues the source, "The other heroine's role in the film requires 120 of shooting from the actress plus rigorous physical preparation. Katrina said no without a second thought.
Chitrangada and Jacqueline were persuaded to join in. But once they realised that playing the character required huge amounts of physical preparation and filming time, they opted out."
The actresses apparently expressed the same fear to friends that after Agneepath, the Hrithik-Priyanka jodi would be played up at the other heroine's expense. Despite all this, Kangs has now stepped in to play the second actress.
Says a source, "Kangna apparently had a very bad experience with the Roshans when her role in Kites was slashed in favour of Barbara Mori. It just goes to show how much guts the girl has." Rakesh Roshan maintained, "Kangna is doing the Krrish sequel."