Why did Kangna Ranaut ditch the Sarabjit Singh biopic?

Kangna Ranaut walks out of the Sarabjit Singh biopic after Hansal Mehta's unceremonious exit from the project; to work with him in another film

After giving her nod to the Sarabjit Singh biopic last year, Kangna Ranaut has abruptly opted out of it. Industry sources say the actress took the decision following Hansal Mehta's unceremonious exit from the project.

Kangana Ranaut
Kangna Ranaut

Says a source, "She had committed herself to the biopic when Hansal, in the capacity of a director-cum-co-producer, approached her last August. In fact, he was working on the script in the US last week. Suddenly, it was announced that Omung Kumar will direct the film. Once Hansal was ousted, Kangana too decided to abandon it."

Kangna was supposed to play Sarabjit's sister, Dalbir Kaur, who fought a long but unsuccessful battle to free the death row prisoner from Pakistan after he was convicted on espionage charges. Now, Priyanka Chopra, who worked with Omung in the Mary Kom biopic, is apparently being considered for the role. The rights to the biopic are with writer-filmmaker Zeishan Quadri.

The 'Queen' actress' spokesperson says, "Kangna was a part of Sarabjit biopic when Hansal Mehta was directing it. But now they are working on another subject."

Hansal is evidently miffed with the makers. "Commenting on the bizarre Sarabjit episode that took place while I was out of the country will mean giving undue importance to people who are undeserving of any attention. Kangna and I are committed to working together. We will make an official announcement at the right time," he states.

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Akshay Kumar opts out of 'Hera Phera 3'
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Farhan Akhtar opts out of 'Raees'
Farhan Akhtar opted out of his home production, 'Raees', to be directed by Rahul Dholakia due to date issues. (Read the full story here)

Shruti Haasan lands in legal trouble for opting out of Tamil-Telugu bilingual
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Kriti Sanon opts out of Akshay Kumar starrer 'Singh Is Bling'
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Pulkit Samrat opts out of Karan Johar's sex comedy
Pulkit Samrat walked out of Karan Johar's sex comedy 'No Sex Please, We are Indians' at the eleventh hour, leaving the production house in the lurch. (Read the full story here)

Smriti Irani opts out of 'All is Well'
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