Katrina Kaif's plans to fly down to Mumbai for a day in order to celebrate the success of Raajneeti, on June 23, from Spain, where she is shooting for Zoya Akhtar"s Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, have been dropped.
Apparently the inclement weather has made it impossible for her to be let off for even a day. Setting aside her habitual 'work-first-party-later' attitude she had even requested the film"s producers and director to accommodate her absence.
Says a source close to Katrina, “Since Prakash Jha was very very keen to have her down to Mumbai for the bash, and had even made all arrangements for her flight, Katrina was not willing to give up the idea of attending the function. She offered to be back in less than 24 hours. Katrina was willing to fly to Mumbai, attend the Raajneeti bash on Wednesday and fly out quickly the same night to re-join the Dobara team the next morning. But she has not been allowed to do so."
The Raajneeti team has a lot to celebrate about. But Prakash Jha wanted no celebration until his lucky mascot Katrina Kaif was available. Unfortunately, Zoya Akhtar"s crew has been facing rough weather ever since they arrived in Spain. Apparently 6 days of shooting had to be cancelled because of heavy rains. And now they need to make up for the lost time quickly since their work permits and visas would expire.
Prakash Jha admits that Katrina would be unable to make it to the Raajneeti celebration party on June 23. “They"ve lost a lot of time because of the rain in Spain. I couldn"t dream of having a Raajneeti bash without Katrina. I had postponed it until her availability. But now it"s impossible for Katrina to fly down."
Prakash will now record a video message with Katrina and play it at the party. “So she will be with us in spirit if not in person," he smirks.
Katrina, on the other hand, tried to sound diplomatic and non-disappointed. “It is a big day. And the success of Raajneeti is very precious to me. But I can"t leave the crew in Spain."
She admits there have been lots of unscheduled breaks. Katrina has one of her sisters, Melissa, to join her in Spain and give her company during the breaks. Says Katrina, “London is just two hours away, so Melissa could join me. Mumbai is in another hemisphere. Flying down is impossible. Please tell Prakashji, Mera party baki raha."