As soon the news break happened around Anushka Sharma turning producer with NH10, it was also reported that she had ‘ousted’ Rajkumar Yadav from the film and instead roped in Neil Bhoopalam (who is playing the role of a Prime Minister in the making in Anil Kapoor’s ’24’).
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However if sources close to the actress are to be believed, truth is something else as there is no one finalized for the part yet.
‘When there was no one signed yet on the film, where is the question of replacement come into picture. Moreover, there is nothing concrete about Rajkumar, Neil or anyone else for that matter. No decision has been taken yet,’ says the source.
Furthermore surprise factor came in when none other than Neil’s name popped up as a so-called ‘replacement’ of Rajkumar.
‘Rajkumar is a much better known actor in comparison,’ the source adds, ‘If there is someone bigger replacing him, it still makes for news. This one was a complete non-story and speculative at best.’
Still, considering the fact that Rajkumar is close to Phantom Films – who are producing the film along with Anushka – and have been associated with many of their outings, a development like this is being looked at with suspicion.
The source goes on to add, ‘Any producer would want the best for his or her film. Anushka too wants the same, considering this is her first film as a producer. However, she had definitely not bargained for rumours like this spreading within days of announcement being made around her wearing a new hat.’
As things stand today, decision on the male lead opposite Anushka is yet to be taken. On his part, Rajkumar Yadav has cleared the air by stating that he is not doing the film due to ‘date issues’. Hence Anushka has got a clean chit around the entire matter.
We tried contacting Anushka but she was unavailable for comment. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.