The terrorist attack at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district has impacted Bollywood significantly and right in the line of fire was Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Due to the ban imposed on Pakistan-based artistes, Fawad Khan's role, which was pivotal to the storyline, was cut to size.
The concern now is will Ali Zafar meet the same fate? The actor is playing one of the boyfriends to Alia Bhatt's Kaira in Dear Zindagi. Turns out, the rumours that Zafar has been replaced in the film are baseless.
"Nobody is being replaced. The film will release in its full form. There isn't much conversation happening around who's being replaced and who's not. So, we can leave the edge of that topic for some time since it has died down," Bhatt told media.
Directed by Gauri Shinde, Dear Zindagi is a slice-of-life film that focuses on up-and-coming cinematographer Kaira's problems with life and relationships. However, she manages to tide over them using life coach Jahangir Khan's (Shah Rukh Khan) help.
"Dear Zindagi' is closest to my life. I am not saying I am exactly that character, but I relate to it the most. Getting pissed off with relationships, there is a dialogue in teaser 3, where I say 'I hate couples'. That happens," Bhatt said on the sidelines of Absolut Elyx Filmfare Glamour and Style cover launch.
Scheduled to be released on November 25, Dear Zindagi has backed by Red Chillies Entertainment, Hope Productions and Dharma Production. The film also stars Kunal Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Angad Bedi in key roles.
In other news, when Dear Zindagi was first announced, Khan and Bhatt's unusual pairing drew quite a bit of unnecessary attention. For the longest time, there was this idea that the two have been romantically paired. Later, the confusion was laid to rest by the team.