Majid Majidi Confirms Deepika Padukone Is Not A Part Of “Beyond The Clouds”

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Iraninan filmmaker Majid Majidi has confirmed Deepika Padukone is definitely not a part of his film ‘Beyond The Clouds‘, a mid-day report quoted the director as saying. Pictures of Deepika‘s look test for the prestigious international project went viral on social media last year in November. However, mid-day reported that Majid Majidi admitted he “wants” to work with the 31-year-old actress but not in this film. ‘Beyond The Clouds‘ went on floors on Tuesday. A source close to the film’s unit also said that the filmmaker “let her pass because she didn’t fit the bill,” reported mid-day. Deepika was reportedly already making use of her expected collaboration with Majid Majidi for international projects, which did not go down well with the director.

“I want to work with Deepika, but for this film we’ll have to go with new faces,” mid-day quoted Majid Majidi as saying.

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Pictures of look test of Deepika Padukone for Majid Majid’s ‘Beyond The Clods’

After pictures of Deepika and Majid Majidi at a dhobi ghat were shared on social media last November, Deepika was asked about her probable collaboration with the Iranian filmmaker. “You will know soon,” is what Deepika told news agency PTI.

According to mid-day three other actresses were shortlisted for the role, none of who have come on board yet. “Besides Deepika, three other leading actresses were shortlisted for the role, but no one has been confirmed yet. Deepika is not part of the film for sure. The fact that pictures from her meeting with Majidi were leaked didn’t favor her case either. To many in Majidi‘s team, it seemed that the actress was using the audition of the film to further her interests on the international arena. At that time, Majidi didn’t know of Deepika‘s standing in the industry. His only prerogative was to get right actors for his story,” mid-day quoted the source as saying.

it seems the only confirmation in the film is Shahid Kapoor‘s brother – Ishaan Khattar – is making his acting debut with the film. Talking about his young leading hero, Majidi said, “Ishaan is a wonderful boy. He is extremely talented and I feel, he will have a bright future in the film industry.”

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Ishaan Khattar with Majid Majidi and A R Rahman

Shareen Mantri Kedia, the producer of ‘Beyond The Clouds, also said that Ishaan is very much a part of the movie. “He is a superb actor, was amazing in his look test and suits the character Mr Majidi was looking for. Ishaan will play someone deeply connected to the ground and to the city,” Shareen said.

AR Rahman, who has earlier worked with Majidi on “Muhammad: The Messenger of God”, will compose the music.

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AR Rahman with Majid Majidi

Shahid Kapoor was also presented at the shoot.

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Shahid Kapoor with Ishaan Khattar

Shahid also posted a picture with his 21-year-old brother and captioned it: “This one’s ready to fly. Make us proud.”

Shahid’s Post :

This ones ready to fly. Make us proud @ishaan95

A photo posted by Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) on

Deepika Padukone‘s Hollywood debut xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage is already in theaters worldwide. It seems like the actress is in talk with some Hollywood studios for more films. She was last seen in Bajirao Mastani and is currently busy with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati, in which she plays the titular role. Deepika co-stars with Shahid Kpaoor and Ranveer Singh in the film.

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