Committed Date with SRK and Bhansali came between Deepika and Vin Diesel
In a classic case of a slip between the cup and the lip, Bollywood’s current hot favourite, Deepika Padukone, is forced to step back on her ‘Fast & Furious 7’ assignment. Sources from the US confirm that Deepika was finalised for the lead role opposite Vin Diesel and things would have been on course had it not been for the fact that the foreign studio needed Dippy to allot dates as early as September 10.
She is committed to shooting with Shah Rukh Khan till September 14, in Dubai, for Happy New Year. On September 16, she will fly to Mumbai for the teaser launch of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.
It is also said that besides the actual shooting dates required for the film, the makers of the Hollywood franchise would want Deepika to allot them parking dates, as is a practice there. Unlike in Bollywood, where actors do not report for shooting unless they are required for a scene, in Hollywood, you have to make an allowance for parking dates. So, what does the term mean? It means that an actor is required to be on set in the allotted period, whether or not he/she is participating in the day’s shoot.
Her official spokesperson said, “Deepika was offered to be a part of the next Fast And Furious movie. She is a huge fan of the franchise and it’s disappointing not to be able to do it. Unfortunately, the movie goes on the floors immediately and that left too short a time for her to shift her existing date commitments to the producers of Ram Leela, Happy New Year and Finding Fanny Fernandes.”