Homi Adajania's 'Raabta' starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Alia Bhatt was to go on-floors in mid-2015. The film titled 'Raabta' was touted to be his most expensive love story. Spanning two different eras, the film was to bring together this new jodi together first time on the big screen.
Now, as per a leading daily, Alia Bhatt has opted out of the film at the nth hour. "The film has been in pre-production for four months. Homi has been working tirelessly on the script and finally locked it in March. Raabta was to go on floors in May, but now Alia has opted out," informed a source close to the development.
Alia has her platter full with Vikas Bahl's 'Shandaar', Abhishek Chaubey's 'Udta Punjab', Shakun Batra's 'Kapoor & Sons' and Karan Malhotra's 'Shuddhi'. She apparently doesn't want to take on any more love stories. "Also, she doesn't have dates to spare. She has decided to go ahead with 'Shuddhi' which is her mentor's production and will reunite her with her Student of the Year and 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' co-star, Varun Dhawan," added the source.
Buzz is, 'Raabta' has been shelved. But as per a daily, this is not true and the makers are currently auditioning newcomers for the female lead. "It's hard to find Alia's replacement because she is young, spirited and has the advatange of star power.
Also, Homi had written the script with Alia in mind. But they have to get their cast together pronto since Raabta is scheduled to release in early 2016. That's the reason they have decided to look at a fresh face opposite Sushant who is still on board," adds the source, confirming that the actor hasn't changed his mind after Alia's sudden exit.
However, no official confirmation has been made yet.