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Madhur denies finalizing Priyanka, Kangna for Fashion

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Madhur Bhandarkar doesn't know whether he should be amused about the rumors surrounding his film or feel happy about the buzz that his yet-to-come-on-floor Fashion is generating.

"Leaving jokes aside, it is seriously becoming a bit too much to read such things about your film which even you are not aware of", says Madhur in this exclusive conversation while reacting to certain media reports that have indicated some more inside information about his upcoming project.

As reported by a section of media, Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut have been finalized as two of the leading ladies for UTV produced Fashion. "Arrey abhi kahan decide hua!", says an exasperated Madhur on being 'informed' about this piece of news. "How can one go ahead and finalise the starcast of the film when even scripting is in progress", he questions.

But then it is also being said that come September and film's shooting would begin full throttle? Laughs Madhur, "Once again not true at all. As I just said, currently the scripting is on so how can one commit on things like shooting dates etc? I guess everyone other than me is aware about my film's schedule!"

Well, in that case the so called budget of Rs.20 crore may be a rumor as well. "You got it right", says Madhur with a smile, "No doubt Fashion is a costly film to be made but then the budget could be anywhere around 10 crore, 15 crore or even 20 crore. Let me get all the logistics in place and then talk about budget etc."

How about the film being shot internationally at places like Milan and Paris? "Arrey sab finalise toh ho jaane do, fir baat karenge! Till then all I can say is that everything is just speculation."

Coming back to the choice of actors in his film, why is Fashion inviting rumors ever since the day it was announced. "You tell me, you are in the business of writing reports", Madhur gets into a humorous mood here, "I have been hearing from you guys only that Ayesha Takia or even Aamir Khan had been signed for the film. Worse, I was also questioned if Fashion was shelved in entirely. My choice is simple - either continue to worry about all these speculations or rather have fun while concentrating on making the film. Well, I choose to do the latter!"

Readers may remember that this is not the first time that Madhur's film has been in news for his casting decisions. Earlier for Corporate, Aishwarya Rai was touted as hot contender for the central protagonist before Bipasha Basu bagged the coveted role. Even for Page 3, there were murmurs about Kareena Kapoor to have been signed in for the part that eventually went to Konkana Sen.

Now one waits to see if Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut are indeed the front runners for Fashion or yet again the last minute announcement of a different leading lady would throw in a surprise!

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