Actress Tamanna Bhatia, who made an unimpressive Hindi debut in Himmatwala, has lost the chance to play Shraddha Kapoor's role in the Telugu remake of Bollywood hit film Aashiqui 2. The casting happened after weeks of intense negotiation with Tamanna, who apparently asked for an astronomical amount to act in the film. Now, she is being replaced by newcomer Ankita Shorey.
The makers of the remake of Aashiqui 2 were in talks with Tamanna, demanded for huge amount of remuneration. "There were problems with Tamanna from the word go. Not only was she asking for an unreasonable amount of money, she was also not the film's co-producer and leading man Sachin Joshi's choice," IANS quotes a source as saying.
Sachin Joshi is playing the role played by Aditya Roy Kapur in the original. The female lead role has gone to former beauty queen Ankita Shorey. Confirming the same, Sachin Joshi said: "I felt a newcomer would fit the bill better. The role required someone innocent and unspoilt. Ankita Shorey is perfect for the part. Just as Shraddha Kapoor was in the Hindi version."
Aashiqui 2 is all about how a singer loses his fans and fame due to alcoholism and how he decides to turn a small time singer into a rising star. The Telugu version of Aashiqui 2 would have a happy ending. Ankita has been asked to stay away from viewing Shraddha's performance. "We want her to interpret the role in her own way," Sachin said.