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
"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