Here's why Neena Gupta had to bow out of Sooryavanshi

Updated: 16 December, 2019 07:41 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

Roped in to play Akshay Kumar's mother in Sooryavanshi, Neena Gupta exits film after director Rohit Shetty feels track doesn't add to the story

Neena Gupta
Neena Gupta

In May, Neena Gupta had expressed her excitement about playing Akshay Kumar's mother — a role that she described as far from "stereotypical" — in Sooryavanshi. However, mid-day has learnt that the actor and director Rohit Shetty parted ways professionally after a few weeks of shoot.

A source close to Gupta reveals, "After filming with her for few days, the makers realised that her track was not fitting seamlessly into the larger narrative. The story revolves around Akshay and Katrina's characters, with the former essaying the role of a brave cop. When it was conveyed to Neenaji that her part wouldn't be etched out as well as they had hoped, she understood the dilemma and bowed out of the film."

A still from Sooryavanshi
A still from Sooryavanshi

One would assume that this would cause bad blood between Gupta and Shetty, but the actor understood his point of view. "She joked with Rohit that he will have to make up for this by offering her a role in his next."

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First Published: 16 December, 2019 07:33 IST

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