The latest development to Abhishek Kapoor's 'Fitoor' is that Tabu stepped into the shoes of Rekha as the veteran actress will no longer be a part of the film.
The actress, who was to play the role of desi Miss Havisham, is said to have been replaced by Tabu who was last seen on screen in the much-appreciated ‘Haider’.
Fans are no doubt disappointed as they were looking forward to seeing Rekha on the big screen. A leading daily had earlier reported that the actress was displeased with the final rushes of the film which wrapped up shooting this weekend. A source close to the film revealed that when Rekha saw herself on screen, she immediately told the director that she was unhappy with her look and requested Gattu to re-shoot some of the portions featuring her. And even though he was satisfied with the scenes, he readily agreed to oblige Rekha.
The unit then extended the shoot by a few extra days and were expected to re-shoot sequences starting Monday at Mehboob studios. But the lot remained empty thanks to a shocking new development. Fitoor follows the journey of an orphan boy, Noor, who falls for Firdaus, the glamorous but aloof protege of Begum, an aging, heartbroken recluse.
A source close to the development revealed, "The choice of Rekha as Begum was lauded as the perfect casting coup but now the makers have been left scrambling for a replacement. And both Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur who play the romantic leads will have to re-shoot their sequences with the actress who steps into the shoes of the legendary star. "The replacement will now have to film with both Katrina and Aditya who will have to find matching dates in their packed diaries."
Confirming this news, director Abhishek said, "It is entirely our loss to have missed this chance to work with the legendary Rekhaji, and I hope to work with her in the future." But what caused this shock exit? While Gattu remained silent on the topic, a source close to the development said,"Rekha came to the conclusion that she is not looking good on screen and that no re-shoot can salvage it. She therefore decided to exit the project. The producers won't be taking any legal action against the veteran actress."
Meanwhile, the production house backing the project has chalked out her exit to a clash of shooting schedules. "Since the 'Fitoor' schedule has changed from what was planned initially, the new dates clashed with Rekhaji's prior professional commitments. She has therefore expressed that she will be unable to accommodate these dates and will regrettably have to bow out of the film. We fully appreciate her position and hope to be able to work with her in the future," said UTV's spokesperson.
'Fitoor' is a Bollywood adaptation of Charles Dicken's famous novel 'Great Expectations' and is slated to release on 12th February 2016.