Parineeti Chopra out of Mahesh Babu’s film, Rakul steps in

After Parineti Chopra walks out of Mahesh Babu’s yet-untitled next Telugu-Tamil bilingual film, actress Rakul Preet Singh was roped in. The exact reason of Parineeti walking out of the film is not yet know but it is heard that her packed Bollywood schedule prompted the actor to take this step.

"Parineeti has left the project and the exact reasons are yet unknown. As her replacement, the makers are signing Rakul, who has already done a test shoot. The final negotiations are currently underway," a source from the film's unit told IANS.

To be made on a whopping budget of 90 crores, the film will be directed by A R Murugadoss. The untitled movie is slated to go on floors in August.

Harris Jayaraj will compose music for the movie and will be produced by Tagore Madhu. The film will be extensively shot in Mumbai.

In Bollywood, Parineeti Chopra is busy with ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ with Ayushmaan Khurana and she recently signed for Homi Adajania, ‘Takadum’.

A source close to the unit says, “Parineeti was gung-ho about the prospect of sharing screen space with her favourite Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu.  She was even paid a bomb but as luck would have it, things did not work out for her and, in the knick of moment; she had to step out of the project.

Although the reasons for her exit are yet to be known, it is believed that her new signing with Homi Adajania, ‘Takadum’, has caused the trouble, as the film’s dates were clashing with that of Mahesh’s film.”

The source adds, “Rakul Preet Singh has been immediately approached to replace Parineeti and she is more or less confirmed to join the project. She has even participated in a test shoot.”