Amisha Patel now playing Priyanka's sister in 'Aap Ki Khatir' ...


By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, Aug 5 (IANS) It was supposed to be the casting coup of the

season. Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra together as sisters in Dharmesh

Darshan's upcoming "Aap Ki Khatir".

The two former beauty queens and friends were coming together after

their joint debut in Suneel Darshan's blockbuster "Andaaz".

Then what happened? Because Lara decided to do a disappearing act

from Dharmesh's film, the panic-stricken director approached Amisha

Patel to take Lara's place. Amisha has graciously agreed to step into

Lara's place. Otherwise, "Aap Ki Khatir" would have been in serious


What could be the reason for the ever-professional Lara's change of

mind? The official reason given is the usual date problems. But

according to those in the know, there's more to Lara's 'no' than meets

the eye.

"She obviously got insecure about being in the same frame as

Priyanka, who has made a lot more headway since they first started

together. Lara's friends are constantly reminding her of Priyanka's

wise moves as compared with Lara's own rather shabby career choices," a

source close to the project told IANS.

"When the two started together doing 'Andaaz', they were neck-to-

neck. Lara couldn't be happy with how far she got left behind. Coming

together for another movie would only have reminded people of the two

actresses' differing star value," the source added.

On the other hand, Priyanka seems clueless about the reason for the

eleventh-hour change. "Lara and I have never had any problems. In fact,

I'll always cherish how much she did for me when I was just starting

out. And we had great fun doing 'Andaaz' together," said Priyanka.

"I was really looking forward to working with her again. Since we

were playing sisters we had lots and lots of scenes together.

"Though I regret the change, I really enjoyed working with Amisha.

Dharmesh is such a ladies' director and a truly dependable friend," she