Thursday, July 9, 2009

Asin's Indo-Japanese project falls through

Kamal Haasan has apparently pulled out of the big-budget Walt Disney production. Asin's prestigious Indo-Japanese project The 19th Step is reportedly shelved, leaving Asin with tons of time that she had set aside not only to learn and practise the ancient art of Kalaripayattu, but also to shoot for the film in Japan and Kerala.

According to sources, the project has fallen through for no fault of Asin's. Says the source, "The film's producers Walt Disney and leading man Kamal Haasan have had a serious disagreement. He isn't doing the film. And if Kamal Haasan isn't doing the film, neither is Asin. She agreed to do a Tamil film at this juncture when her Hindi career has taken off, only because of Kamal Haasan, whom Asin respects a lot."

At the time of writing this, The 19th Step seems as good as shelved. And Asin, inundated with offers, is unexpectedly free, unless she quickly accepts another project to fill the gaps in her date diary.

Says a source close to the actress, "Asin is upset with the way the whole Indo-Japanese project was managed. After Vipul Shah's London Dreams, she said no to everything in Mumbai, including Priyadarshan's De Dana Dan and Farhan Akhtar's Kartik Calling Kartik for 19th Step when Kamal Haasan, whom she respects immensely, requested her to."

Incidentally, the number of projects with A.R. Rahman's music to be shelved or cancelled have just gone a 'step' ahead with 19th Step. Mani Ratnam's Lajjo and Kamal Haasan's Marmyogi were also shelved recently. And earlier, Bharat Bala, who was to direct 19th Step, was supposed to do Taj Mahal with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Mumtaz Mahal with Rahman's music. That too got shelved.

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