Why Did Imtiaz Ali Choose Nargis Fakhri Over Deepika Padukone in Rockstar?
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Why Did Imtiaz Ali Choose Nargis Fakhri Over Deepika Padukone in Rockstar?

The director explains the reasons behind his decision...

Just imagine the chemistry if it had been Deepika Padukone with Ranbir Kapoor instead of Nargis Fakhri! The pair would not only have sizzled on screen, but their emotions and inner turmoil would have been next to real! Pinkvilla.com mentions that director Imtiaz Ali has revealed in an interview with a leading daily that he had always wanted to cast Deepika Padukone in one of his most popular movies - Rockstar. Imtiaz who had worked with Deepika in Love Aaj Kal stated in the interview that he had always wanted to cast Deepika in the much acclaimed film but decided not to as he thought that the two roles of the heroine in Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar overlapped in certain ways and that if he cast Deepika again, it would look the same. 

He said, "I always wanted to cast Deepika in Rockstar. The first time I had met her, many years back, I wanted to cast her in Rockstar. But then I did Love Aaj Kal with her. Now, when Rockstar was finally getting made, I realised there were many scenes which were similar for the girls' characters in the two movies. That whole conflict of getting married but realising that she is somewhere else in her mind. And there were other scenes also in the second half of Love Aaj Kal which had the same conflict that Heer (Nargis Fakhri) had in Rockstar. So I thought if I cast Deepika again, it would look exactly the same. And the bluff will be called."

He also admitted that he in fact explained to Deepika the main reason why he did not cast her,  "I even explained it to her. She knows it."The directore is now working with Deepika and Ranbir Kapoor again in his upcoming directorial venture Tamasha.

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