It had earlier been reported that Deepika Padukone was going to star in Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi‘s much talked about upcoming film – Beyond The Clouds – and she had even done a couple of look tests for the same. Remember those pictures of her from Dhobi Ghat where she looked almost unrecognisable? Yup, it was for the same film. We don’t know what happened last minute but the makers of the film came out and announced Malayalam actress Malavika Mohanan as the lead, making us all wonder what happened. Rumours have been doing the rounds that DP failed to impress him, while others say she didn’t like the script.
The filmmaker has now come out and spoken about it with DNA.
My producers tell me that Deepika had shown some interest in the beginning and it is because of that, that I wanted her to be part of my movie. And when I asked her for a look test, it was not to doubt her professionalism. She is an excellent actress. But how much she befits the role, that is in my vision, I wanted to see. Let me tell you though, that the circumstances were such that they weren’t favourable and nothing materialised of it.
That’s a shame because it would’ve been great to see these two talented souls collaborate on a project. Well… there’s always a next time!