Abbas-Mustaan and Priyanka go back since Aitraaz and they were keen on repeating her. When they started working on their home production (co-produced by TV18), they signed Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif for the main leads but had one more interesting role for another heroine in the film, for which they approached Priyanka."
Apparently, Priyanka too was keen to work with the director duo again. However, Katrina was not comfortable at another actress being added to the cast at a later stage. She spoke to the directors and told them to ensure that she had the bigger role. Or at least equal footage in the film or she would walk out.
Abbas-Mustaan had no choice but to appease Kat, as she was already signed. Priyanka (the National award winning actress) is feeling let down by the director duo but is putting up a brave front by maintaining that she was never approached for the role. A stance adopted by Abbas-Mustaan too as they feel bad about the way the whole thing ended."
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Katrina says: "As of now there's nothing final on that film as I am currently sorting out my dates for my films starting now so I haven't even looked into The Italian Job."
Abbas-Mustaan says: "We had never approached Priyanka for any role so there's no question of her not being in the film. Katrina and Abhishek are the only two people signed on for the film. There is scope for a second heroine who has a very good role but we haven't decided yet which actress to approach.
Priyanka's spokesperson says: "There was no discussion between Priyanka and Abbas-Mustaan about doing a role in The Italian Job. She wasn't approached for it."