Tabu replaces Rekha in Abhishek Kapoor's 'Fitoor'

It is really shocking to know that evergreen beauty Rekha opted out of Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’. She has shot most of her part in Kashmir and when she saw the final rushes, dissatisfied Rekha backed out of the film. Rekha played the role of Miss Havisham in ‘Fitoor’, an Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens Great Expectations.

Film critic Rajeev Masand broke the news to the world on micro-blogging site Twitter.

JUST IN: Tabu replaces Rekha as the Miss Havisham character in Great Expectations adap Fitoor starring Aditya Roy Kapoor & Katrina Kaif.

What went wrong?

It is learnt that displeased with the final rushes of the film, Rekha asked director Abhishek Kapoor to re-shoot few sequences. However, the director turned down her request which lead the actress to walk out of the film at the last minute.

A source close to the development revealed, "The choice of Rekha as Begum was lauded as the perfect casting coup but now the makers have been left scrambling for a replacement. And both Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur who play the romantic leads will have to re-shoot their sequences with the actress who steps into the shoes of the legendary star. "The replacement will now have to film with both Katrina and Aditya who will have to find matching dates in their packed diaries."

Confirming this news, director Abhishek said, "It is entirely our loss to have missed this chance to work with the legendary Rekhaji, and I hope to work with her in the future."

A source close to the development said, "Rekha came to the conclusion that she is not looking good on screen and that no re-shoot can salvage it. She therefore decided to exit the project. The producers won't be taking any legal action against the veteran actress."

Meanwhile, the production house claimed that Rekha walked out of the project due to date clash. "Since the 'Fitoor' schedule has changed from what was planned initially, the new dates clashed with Rekhaji's prior professional commitments. She has therefore expressed that she will be unable to accommodate these dates and will regrettably have to bow out of the film. We fully appreciate her position and hope to be able to work with her in the future," said UTV's spokesperson.

'Fitoor', a Bollywood adaptation of Charles Dicken's famous novel 'Great Expectations' is slated to release on 12th February 2016. It stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor in the lead roles.