Deepika Padukone‘s decision to walk out of producer Ramesh Taurani’s multi-starrer Race 2, after shooting for six days, has angered Taurani to no extent. He feels her behavior was totally uncalled for and is extremely unethical, unprofessional and unacceptable.
Deepika’s leaving the film has caused havoc with the dates of the other stars in the film like Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandes. It has also resulted in huge monetary losses for producer as the building of sets for their next schedule is already underway and the crew and the location were already booked. Taurani, who has been in this industry for 25 years and has worked with several top notch stars, says that has never faced a situation like this before.
What apparently angered Ramesh Taurani the most was that he got the news that she has left the film from the media and not Deepika herself. The story goes that after shooting for 6 days, Deepika didn’t turn up on the shoot. The production team tried to reach her but couldn’t get through her. When Ramesh called her, she said she would come with her new manager and work things out. But Deepika didn’t turn up for the meeting and her manager informed Taurani that she had been offered a major Hollywood project, which she couldn’t let go.
But what followed next had Ramesh boiling with anger. Just as she left Race 2, Deepika announced that she would be doing Rajinikanth‘s next film Kochadaiyaan directed by his daughter Soundarya.
Deepika had opted out of Race 2 before when was offered Ayan Mukherjee’s film opposite Ranbir Kapoor, but the makers got her back on board by adjusting her dates. The makers had even postponed their Turkey schedule for her and in the process they had to let go off Sonakshi Sinha, who they replaced with Jacqueline.
In Deepika’s defense, a source close to her stated that the constant delays in the schedule of Race 2 was the main reason she left the film as she couldn’t adjust her dates again once she was informed that they were changed.
Reportedly, Taurani is also planning to take legal action against Deepika but they are first finding a replacement for her as soon as they can.