‘Rekha’s exit from my film was sad’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Ka­t­rina Kaif (left) says that even though it was nice work­ing with vet­eran ac­tor Rekha (right) for Ab­hishek Kapoor’s next, she was sad when she walked out of the film.

Rekha was re­placed by Tabu in Ab­hishek Kapoor-di­rected ro­man­tic-drama, which stars Aditya Roy Kapoor in the lead. “It (work­ing with Rekha) was nice. But then she and the pro­duc­ers de­cided to part ways for rea­sons best known to them. It was very sad. I have known Rekha ji for a long time and we have our own in­de­pen­dent equa­tion to­gether. That was the only sad thing. Ev­ery film has its des­tiny and you have to re­spect that,” Kaif says.

The film, which is an adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic, Great Ex­pec­ta­tions, will have Tabu play the role of Miss Hav­isham as Be­gum, which was to be es­sayed by Rekha orig­i­nally. The 32-yearold star will be seen along­side Kapoor for the first time, but Kat says that the duo re­cently got to know that they had worked to­gether for an ad­ver­tise­ment al­most 11 years ago. “Adi and I have been work­ing since the same time. He had in­ter­viewed me as a VJ for my film Humko Dee­wana Kar Gaye. We looked up the seg­ment on YouTube and laughed our heads off,” she says.

Kapoor plays the char­ac­ter of Noor in the film, and Kaif, who will be seen play­ing Fir­daus, cred­its their equa­tion to their friend­ship. “We have a funny equa­tion. We both have been work­ing for long. But ob­vi­ously, I have done many more films. He is a re­ally nice per­son. He is also part of my friend cir­cle. We know each other well,” says Ka­t­rina.

The film, which was shot in Kash­mir, marks Ab­hishek’s fourth film, af­ter his 2013 hit drama, Kai Po Che. And Kaif says that his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic novel fas­ci­nated her. “The film was a script Adi and I were re­ally ex­cited about. I thought it was such a beau­ti­ful, pas­sion­ate love story but not clichéd at all. Ab­hishek has got a very unique vi­sion that shows in the films he has made. He has got his own sen­si­bil­i­ties and his take on things.”


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