Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 29, 2017)

After lending his voice to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last celluloid outing, Bajirao Mastani, as narrator, Irrfan Khan was approached two years ago to play the lead in the filmmaker’s follow-up to Padmavati, Gustaakhiyaan. The film narrates the love story of literary stalwarts Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam and buzz is Priyanka Chopra is in talks for the female lead and could be co-producing it as well.

Irrfan had told Mirror (July 22, 2014) in an earlier interview, “It’s the role I have been waiting for a long time. It is well-researched and beautifully written. I can’t wait to immerse myself into the character.” Now, reports suggest that the actor, who is currently in New York filming his next Hollywood project, Puzzle, has walked out of Gustaakhiyaan and this has not gone down well with the star.

“I’m not sure where these rumours are coming from. I was approached for the film almost two years ago but there has been no conversation on the dates since. So how does the question of me not having time for the film or walking out of it come from?” he asked from the Big Apple. “It’s a mystery even I’d like to solve and find these well-wishers who are speaking on my behalf without my knowledge.”