Mumbai: Aparna Sen's project with Hema Malini's daughter gets canned, thanks to Prateik Babbar. The launch vehicle of Deol clan's youngest star-kid and Hema Malini's daughter Ahana Deol has been canned for now. She was to debut with Aparna Sen's modern day version of ‘Romeo And Juliet’.

According to the veteran actress it is Prateik Babbar who is the main reason of why this project has been called off.

Along with Ahana, director Aparna Sen's attempt at a Hindi film also sees a setback with the canning of this project.

This is not the first time that her debut Hindi venture did not seen light. Five years ago, Sen was to direct Hindi film Gulel with Abhishek Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan.

The project got aborted for several reasons, one being Bipasha Basu's reluctance to play a mother.

Too Busy!

Says a source, "Both Hemaji and Aparna wanted Prateik opposite Ahana. He possesses the sensitivity and vulnerability to portray a modern-day Romeo. And he matched Ahana's personality, too. They met him and things seemed to be working out. But finally, he begged off with the no-dates reason."

Says Hema Malini, "It is true, for now Ahana's film with Aparna is not happening. We wanted Prateik for the male lead. But he says he has no dates.”

“It's a beautiful script and I want Aparna to make it with my daughter. Maybe now we'll do it with a completely new face. As soon as I finish releasing Esha's film Tell Me Of Kkhuda I'll decide what to do," she adds.

For now AD will just have to wait for the right Romeo to fit into her dream of playing Juliet.