Actor Amrita Rao has talked about being replaced by a star-kid in a film in the past. The actor is currently promoting her upcoming, Thackeray, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and during one such promotional interview, she shared her experience. Amrita revealed that everything about that film was confirmed and she was finalised as the lead heroine, however, she was later informed one day that she was no more a part of the film. The actor, who made her debut with Ab Ke Baras (2002), expressed that what hurts the most is how the replacement was done which was quite humiliating.
She told website Indiatimes, “Yes I was, I remember I was given the narration and even confirmed that I was the heroine of the film and then suddenly I got to know some sugar daddy picked up the phone and his relative replaced me in that movie. I don’t mind if that happens, It’s okay, its natural, but I at least wished that the director had the decency to convey it to me gracefully, that for certain reasons we had to change the plan. What hurts you or puts you off is that they do it in an undignified manner.”
Amrita went on to say, “When you look back you always feel that ‘oh I could have done better’’, that’s a very natural thing, but I guess for somebody who didn’t come from a film background who didn’t have godfather, no sugar daddies, I used to always wish to have some senior actor or actress who could give me an insight of this industry on how to be, how to decline a film so that you don’t hurt fragile egos, there is so much that I learned in my journey which I wish I knew before.”
Recently, actor Taapsee Pannu also talked about being replaced without prior intimation by a star-kid (Ananya Pandey) from Pati Patni Aur Woh-remake. The actor talked to Mumbai Mirror and said that it was disheartening to see the makers of the remake not even caring to inform her in the right way before ‘dropping’ her. She said, “After moving my dates, I think it would have been better if I was informed about the development instead of finding about it from others. I deserve an answer. This is disheartening.” Taapsee added, “It is not a shocker to me that a film went out of my hands, not because I was not credible, but because I was not so-and-so’s daughter or sister or dating so-and-so.”