Crooked’s Date Clash with Ash

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Crooked, a Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani production is due to start filming from January 14 next year. The film was going to see Bollywood couple, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles, but the latest news is that Aishwarya has opted out as her dates coincide with another project — Vipul Shah’s Action Replay.

Action Replay will see Aishwarya sharing the big screen with action man, Akshay Kumar. Since she’s given this film priority over Crooked, it leaves the producers and directors without a leading lady. Sources reveal that Sarah Jane, former Miss India (2007) has been casted in the film which is apparently inspired by the Matt Damon-starrer, Bourne films.

When asked about her role in the film, Jane refrained from commenting and just said, “Yes, I did meet the filmmakers. But I can’t say anything more than that, because I don’t know. It’s up to them to confirm the news first and make the official announcement.”

Director, Abhinay Deo was unavailable for comment as well. Farhan says that because of other pending projects, Crooked can’t be delayed any further. He has his sister, Zoya Akhtar’s Spain-based film coming up starring him along with Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol which will begin filming on April 5. Don 2 will begin filming in September 2010.

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