August 18, 2010 11:51 IST
After Deshmukh walks out of Yash Raj film, a shocked Aditya Chopra hires Tere Bin Laden actor Ali Zafar in his place.
After saying yes to Yash Raj Films next with Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, Riteish Deshmukh has decided not to do the film. The as yet untitled romantic drama has been written by and directed by debutant Ali Abbas Zafar.
Says a source, "Though Riteish has been telling people that the role didn't work out, he isn't part of the film anymore, so there has to be a reason for his walkout. No one leaves a YRF film without good reason. His departure has come as a shock to Aditya Chopra. Now Riteish has been replaced by Ali Zafar, the Tere Bin Laden actor."
Riteish remained unavailable for comment.
A spokesperson from Yash Raj Films says, "Ali has been confirmed for a leading part in the movie along with Imran and Katrina. In principle and as a matter of decorum, YRF wouldn't like to discuss any other options that may or may not have been approached. We are also in the process of finalising a girl opposite Ali."