Weeks after Madhur Bhandarkar announced his ambitious project ‘Heroine’ with Aishwarya Rai in the lead, came the news of Aishwarya being pregnant.
While there have been speculations about Ash’s pregnancy for a while, the actress had been constantly denying it, until Papa-in-law Amitabh Bachchan disclosed the good news two days back.
Madhur who is known for his ‘war shooting’ has planned to wrap up the film as quickly as possible so that Ash can get the much needed break and can enjoy some quality time with her family. Amidst all this, the film’s promotions may get affected. But director Madhur Bhandarkar and his team are not worried.Meanwhile the shooting of the film ‘Heroine’ has already begun. So will the pregnancy stall shooting of the movie, Insiders have stated that the actress has insisted on completing the shooting of the film before she goes on a maternity leave? At present, the actress is in a start-to-finish schedule for the film.
Sources also revealed that the producers are keen on releasing the film in November this year and all the promotional activities will be planned according to Ash’s convenience. The big problem for Madhur could happen when it comes to promoting the film before its release in the year-end, by when Ash would be closer to her due date,Speaking to a daily, a source revealed, “Madhur is not worried about `Heroine`s` promotions or how Ash`s pregnancy will affect the film`s success. We shouldn`t forget that Ash is a popular and successful actress and her getting married didn`t affect her fan following”.
The project that could actually come under pressure is Santoshi’s Ladies And Gentleman. The film, starring Ash with hubby Abhishek Bachchan, will obviously be delayed now and Santoshi will probably have to focus on another project.
“Santoshi will have to wait for at least 10 months before Ash can resume work on a fresh project. He will have to shelve the film for now,” said trade analyst Komal Nahta.
Normally, Santoshi’s films are ambitious and his budgets range from anywhere between Rs 40 crore to Rs 60 crore. As of now, starting work on Ladies And Gentleman and then waiting for Ash to start shooting would bloat the budget excessively