There're more twists and turns in the casting of Bunty Walia's Just Punjabi. First it was to feature Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt in a mentor-protegee plot set in Canada to be directed by Apoorva Lakhia.
Then the producer decided to let his brother Jaspreet Walia direct the film. Sanjay Dutt was relocated into the Big B's role while Abhishek Bachchan shifted into Dutt's role. Now one hears that Dutt is no more interested in doing Just Punjabi.
Says a source close to Dutt, "After the long and taxing experience Sanjay Dutt had over Lamhaa, he wants to take a long break from Bunty Walia's projects. Next year Mr. Dutt's schedule is choc-a-bloc. No way can he fit Bunty's film in."
So where does that leave Just Punjabi? Bunty doesn't deny that Dutt is not confirmed for Just Punjabi, although he was the first actor on board when the project was announced two years ago.
Says Bunty, "As of now, Abhishek Bachchan is confirmed for the other role. I'm not sure about Sanju. I've to meet him to find out if he is on. But I'd like to believe he is on."
One reason being given for Dutt's reluctance to do Just Punjabi is the new director.
Bunty scoffs at this assumption. "Would Abhishek have agreed to do Just Punjabi if my brother was not competent? I'm too much of a businessman to invest in a project as large as this if I didn't have faith in it, even if the director is my brother."