After a lot of hype over the release of its first look at the Cannes International Film Festival recently, “Sangamithra ” suffered a setback with its female lead opting out.
Shruti Haasan is no longer a part of Sangamithra due to “unavoidable circumstances”, the makers of the movie declared on Monday. According to Shruti’s spokesperson, she had not “received a proper bound script or a proper date calendar”.
“Due to unavoidable circumstances, we are unable to proceed working with Shruti Haasan in Sangamithra,” read a post on the official Twitter page of the banner Sri Thenandal Films.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, we are unable to proceed working with Shruti Haasan in Sangamithra.
— Sri Thenandal Films (@ThenandalFilms) May 29, 2017
Soon after, an official statement from Shruti’s spokesperson was issued.
It comes as a shocker, given that earlier this month Shruti had accompanied the Sangamithra team, including director Sundar C, composer AR Rahman, actors Jayam Ravi and Arya to the Cannes Film Festival 2017 to promote the film.
The filmmakers had zeroed in on Shruti for the title role in Sangamithra after considering several other actors. She had also been undergoing training in weapon-based martial arts in London as she was preparing to play what could have been the most important role in her career.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) May 29, 2017
On being asked for her decision on opting out of Sangamithra, she said, “It’s always hard – lot of decisions we make are based on the way you plan your life and career. But I wish the makers all the best.”
“A role needs to be taken seriously and I believe in preparation. I just feel I get to learn a new skill from every new role irrespective of the outcome. But I’ve learnt a new skill now,” she added.
Meanwhile, Shruti is busy promoting her upcoming Hindi release “Behen Hogi Teri” with Rajkummar Rao and is looking forward to joining the sets of Sabaash Naidu.