Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is busy promoting her action-packed "masala" film "Singham Returns", revealed to Times of India, "The idea of doing Shhuddhi was to work with Hrithik (Roshan). Once he decided to opt out, it didn't work for me."
With Kareena opting out of the film, hunt for the female lead is on, while fans continue to yearn to see once-alleged lovers Hrithik-Kareena reunite on the big screen. Together, the hit jodi has delivered four films - "Yaadein", "Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham", "Mujhse Dosti Karoge" and "Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon".
To be directed by Karan Malhotra, "Shhuddhi" has found its male lead in Salman Khan. Post the announcement, there were reports that the actor has charged a whopping ₹150 crore for the film. Khan rubbished rumours, explaining that Hindi films do not make so much money, and to charge such a huge amount for a film is not feasible.
Karan Johar, who apparently was displeased with similar media reports, took to Twitter to express his resentment. He wrote, "Apparently I have paid 300 crores to 2 major super stars...yes!! If this is true then I am also looking for a job, a house, and a LIFE!!."
Malhotra, who has directed Roshan in "Agneepath", earlier told Mumbai Mirror, "Hrithik's exit had nothing to do with creative differences. I'd assume that his personal problems during the period led to him dropping out of the film."
The actor, who has been making headlines after wife Sussane Khan reportedly slapped a 400 crore-alimony, had earlier released an official statement citing health reasons for delay in film. But later, walked out of it.
However, lassoing "Dabangg" Khan on the project shouldn't worry Roshan as his action-packed "Bang Bang" trailer has created quite a buzz and received 10 million views on YouTube already.
Produced by Dharma Productions (helmed by Johar), "Shhuddhi" is scheduled for Diwali release in 2016.