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Shah Rukh compels Deepika to cancel promotional tour with Ranbir

In a recent interview to TOI, Ayan Mukherjee, director of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ was all praise for his lead pair, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, for putting their past behind and maintaining a cordial relationship on the sets. Karan Johar, who is producing the film, had also planned a world tour with the exlovers to promote the film. However, it seems Shah Rukh Khan vetoed the idea.

TOI has learnt that SRK has thrown a wet blanket on the much-anticipated trip scheduled to take off early this week. Apparently, he and Rohit Shetty, the director of his ambitious project Chennai Express, sat Deepika down and talked her out of the plan. They categorically told her that they need her to devote all her time to complete the film.

Deepika tried her best to reason with SRK and Rohit, but to no avail. “She was clearly told that if she did not cooperate, they will not be able to release their film on Eid. She was also reminded about the leeway given to her in the past when she kept dividing her dates between Shetty’s Chennai Express and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela,” a source close to the developments said.

The latest is that, even Ranbir is not going for the tour and no prizes for guessing, Karan and Ayan aren’t too amused with their publicity drive been thrown out of gear.

“As of today, the tour stands cancelled. The whole idea was to have Deepika and Ranbir together,” the source said adding, “It was a professional tour. The plan was to take them to visit parts of the US, mainly focusing on areas with a high percentage of Indian diaspora. Other than that, England and a few other places were also on the itinerary.”

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