In the world of Bollywood, where rumors and speculations often take center stage, the recent buzz surrounding Alia Bhatt’s departure from the highly anticipated movie ‘Ramayan’ has sent shockwaves through the industry. The film, which was slated to be a magnum opus with an ensemble cast, including Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, and Yash, had generated immense excitement among fans. However, the news of Alia’s exit has left many wondering about the future of this ambitious project.
Yes you heard that right a close source revealed that Alia wont be a part of this project due to her date issue, the source revealed to Pinkvilla saying, “As far as the casting is concerned, Ranbir Kapoor is still committed to playing Lord Ram, while Alia Bhatt who got approached for the project is no longer part of it. The actress was in talks for the role of Goddess Sita, but the collaboration did not work out because of date issues.”
Ramayan is slated to begin filming in December this year. However, there seems to be a shift in the timeline. The source added that the three-part film is currently in the pre-production stage, and might not complete prep by December. For those unaware, the source also added, “It is understandable that a magnum opus like Ramayana requires time and intense pre-production work, as they are going into the smallest details of everything to get it right on the screen. Which is why things are progressing at a slower pace.”
The source dished details about makers trying to get Yash on board and shared, “The makers are optimistic about getting him on board, but he has not yet signed. Yash is also committed to National Award-winning director Geethu Mohandas for a big-scale action thriller, so his casting in the Ramayana depends on what he prioritizes.” Directors Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udhyawar and producers Madhu Mantena and Namit Malhotra will hope Ramayan goes on floors in mid-2024.
To be directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udhyawar, ‘Ramayan’ .. Mid of 2024
On the work front, Alia Bhatt was last seen in Karan Johar’s film Rocky Aur Raani Ki Prem Kahaani. She also made her Hollywood debut with “Heart Of Stone”.