Paani, Shekhar Kapur's ambitious project is ready to go the floor and the the critically acclaimed director has roped Sushant Singh Rajput for the lead role. The movie has been in the pipeline for many years and rumour was that Hrithik Roshan was to star in it. But now it has been confirmed that Hrithik is not going to be a part of the project.
It was a surprise for everyone and one has to wonder that why
Hrithik Roshan lost out the opportunity to work with such an
esteemed filmmaker. Hrithik had announced during the Marrakech
International Film Festival in April that he is going to star in
the project. Hrithik is one of those actors who gets a profit-share
from the movie in addition to his fees and this was not acceptable
to the production house, Yashraj Films. But the Yashraj studio has
refuted these claims and said that Hrithik was never approached for
the film. A source close to the actor said "Paani has been
in the making for a very long time and we hope the film finally
goes on floor."
On the other hand, Shekhar Kapur had something totally different
to say on his blog. He wrote " Hrithik Roshan is one of the finest
actors in the industry and every director would like to work with
him. When I had started writing Paani, I only had one
actor in my mind to play the lead and that was Hrithik. Even when I
sat down with A.R Rehman to compose the music I always told him to
imagine Hrithik." But as the years passed and I got busy with my
hollywood projects and the story kept evolving and so did Hrithik
and I realized that it was too late. But I hope Hrithik works in
one of my future project."