By Hindustan Times
Actor Bipasha Basu said ''In Bollywood the heroines are never signed for sequels. It's a tradition. The guys get repeated, the girls don't. It's a man's world''.
She made this comment two years ago when she was dropped from Race's sequel. But the scene is no different even now. Sequels are coming up for five big films but the original female lead actors are nowhere to see whereas their male counterparts are still intact.
Deepika Padukone has replaced Bipasha Basu. Sonaskhi Sinha is a new entrant while Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor still form the male leads. While Bipasha chose not to make a hue and cry about it, producer Ramesh Taurani said, "We need to make such changes because the script demands. The script will move forward and after watching the film audience will realize why we didn't repeat the same girls. Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha have been confirmed."
Asin Thottumkal has replaced Deepika Padukone. Also Lara Dutta has been dropped making way for Jacqueline Fernandes. Director Sajid Khan reasons that he believes in 'fresh pairing'. "It is a brand new story with brand new characters. It is like a new franchise we have added some male actors as well." But did not succeed in giving a valid reason about the male actors suffering no change but only getting added while female brigade has been altered completely. But Deepika retorted saying she refused to do the sequel. "Deepika was approached but due to her tight schedule, she did not do it," says the actor's official spokesperson.
Jacqueline Fernandes got preference over Mallika Sherawat for this sequel opposite Emraan Hashmi. Jacqueline is hoping the sequel to be equally successful and is not afraid of comparisons. "We all know what Murder did for Mallika... It's natural that people will make comparisons. But I am all set as I am in good hands," says the Sri Lankan beauty. While director Mohit Suri chose to stay tight lipped about the replacement bit.
After Raaz 2 and Race 2, Bipasha gets replaced even in Jism 2. Apparently if the buzz is to be believed Mallika Sherawat might take a U-turn and join Bhatt camp for the sequel. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was quoted as saying, "Selecting the actors for her film is entirely Pooja's (Bhatt) domain. I did do the job of making Mallika and Pooja meet." Jism 2 is going to be bigger and bolder than Jism. "Pooja was looking out for someone as bold and confident as Mallika is, with a fabulous body. So Mallika fitted the bill," says a source.
Zarine Khan has replaced Katrina Kaif to become Salman Khan's onscreen partner in this sequel. Though Zarine chose not to comment but their official facebook page and other bollywood websites has her name in the star cast. Salman had confirmed in an earlier interview, "We are doing Partner 2. Everything about the film is set starting from the characters to the script."
Sequels in the past where the female leads were replaced:
Raaz - Bipasha Basu, Raaz 2 - Kangna Ranaut
Munnabhai MBBS - Gracy Singh, Lage Raho Munnabhai - Vidya Balan
Dhoom - Eesha Deol, Dhoom 2 - Aishwarya Rai
Hera Pheri - Tabu, Phir Hera Pheri - Bipasha Basu
Koi Mil Gaya - Preity Zinta, Krissh - Priyanka Chopra
Golmaal - Rimi Sen, Golmaal Returns - Kareena Kapoor