The makers had zeroed in on Sunny Leone to be featured alongside him in the item number. However, when Emraan Hashmi learnt about it, he apparently refused to share screen space with the former adult entertainer.

A unit member says, “We have been working on the promotional song for a long time now. The production team (Dharma) held several rounds of discussion and unanimously decided that Sunny Leone be approached for the song. She is popular and fit the bill.”

“But, when Emraan, who has taking great interest in the concept and casting of the song, got to know about it, he refused to be in the same frame with Sunny,” he added.

Sources said the actor did not want to have any association with an adult star.

A source says, “Emraan has had an image makeover in Bollywood and he is willing to stick to it. So, eventually, we had to get some international models for the shoot.”

Neither the film spokesperson nor Emraan were available for comment.

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