Vishal Bhardwaj has just postponed the shooting of his much-awaited movie Sapna Didi due to the unavoidable scenarios of his leading casts Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone. Both the actors are suffering from bad health. Irrfan is down with severe jaundice while Deepika is dealing with her prolonged back pain.
The Haider director posted a long message in his Facebook account disclosing the reason; “I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice and it will take him a few weeks to recover and Deepika Padukone’s back problem which had previously developed during the shooting of Padmaavat has now resurfaced. Her role in the film is very physically demanding and the doctor has advised her not to do any strenuous work for a couple of months.
In the past few weeks, I felt like I was back in the days of Maqbool while prepping with them. Deepika and Irrfan’s look tests have come out exceptionally well, nothing like you’ve seen before, and it took me a moment to recognize them when I saw the test photographs.
I want both of them to be strong and fit before we start the film. I would also like to clear that the film is still untitled and is not based on Rahima Khan/Sapna Didi’s life. Yes, it’s a takeoff from the story Femme Fatale from Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai but as we worked on this idea, the story and screenplay have taken on a new identity and shape which is nowhere close to the above-mentioned names. Hence, it’s definitely not a biopic.
Sending pyaar and duaaen to my Ustara and Afshan.”
The movie is loosely based on the Hussain S. Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens Of Mumbai: Stories Of Women From The Ganglands’. Deepika is expected to experiment with her look and will be seen in new avatar of the underworld mafia queen. We need to wait a few months more to see the unparalleled chemistry of the Piku actors on screen. Let’s hope that both Irrfan and Deepika get well soon and start shooting.