Says a source, “Nargis had always expressed a desire to work with Akki. She signed a three-film deal with his production house at a time when she had no takers; this was after her debut in 'Rockstar' and her performance was panned. In spite of that, Akshay kept his promise of working with her and recommended her name for Shaukeen, but the actress put the film in jeopardy as soon as she bagged the Hollywood project.”

The back story

Nargis was the original choice to star alongside Akshay in the 2012 film, Khiladi 786, that was co-produced by him and Himesh Reshammiya. But it turns out Akshay later decided to not cast her in the film, as he thought that her managing agency was too highhanded and was making too many demands. Asin was roped in as a replacement. However, soon after, Akki wanted to make amends and he offered Nargis another film.

Incidentally, there was a bizarre story doing the rounds that she had been dropped from Khiladi 786 because ‘she was too fair and attractive’ to be playing sister to Mithun Chakraborty.

Another source adds that Nargis was keen to be part of Shaukeen, but the makers did not want to adjust the dates. “She felt that since the project was already delayed, a few days’ adjustment could have been done. But she now prefers to keep mum till the controversy blows over,” says the source.

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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