Had Rani Mukherjee not played a mother of two kids in Yash Raj Films" Ta Ra Rum Pum three years ago? She did. So it came as a surprise when she opted out of Deepa Mehta's film, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie"s masterpiece novel Midnight"s Children, just because she had to play the role of a mother.
The news is doing the rounds that Rani turned down the film, as she is not ready for motherhood in reel life. Mehta confirmed that Rani is no longer in her film but said there is no kid in the film, who is 14 years old, as reported in the media. She however said that the character required to play a mother.
Rani had earlier expressed her excitement over working with Mehta and had even met her and Rushdie in Toronto for the film. Mehta had also said that she loved Rani's performance in the films like Ram, Black, Bunty Aur Babli and Veer-Zaara. However, the duo is not going to work together now.
Mehta said that Rani opted out of her film not because of the mother role but for personal reasons. She added that she couldn't disclose the reason for the turn down, as it is confidential between a director and an actor. She also said that she has great regards for her and respect her decision.
Another bad news is that Vidya Balan, who is supposed to play Rani's sister in the film, has not given the nod yet.