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Alia Bhatt Exits Nitesh Tiwari’s Ramayana: Reports

Alia Bhatt’s anticipated involvement in Nitesh Tiwari’s adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana has hit a roadblock. According to a report by Pinkvilla, the actress had to withdraw from the project due to scheduling conflicts. Alia Bhatt was in talks to essay the role of Sita in the movie, which stars her real-life husband, Ranbir Kapoor, as Ram, and Kannada actor Yash as Ravana.

The ambitious endeavour features Alia’s real-life husband, Ranbir Kapoor, as Ram and Kannada actor Yash, who is set to play Ravana. While Ranbir’s commitment remains firm, Alia’s inability to participate has necessitated a reevaluation of the cast.

The project’s shoot, already awaited with bated breath, is also facing delays. According to a source cited by Pinkvilla, meticulous attention is being paid to ensure all aspects are meticulously executed. The insider revealed, “Ranbir Kapoor is still committed to playing Lord Ram, while Alia Bhatt, who was approached for the project, is no longer involved. The actress was in talks for the role of Goddess Sita, but the collaboration fell through due to scheduling conflicts.”

Amid these changes, Yash’s involvement remains intact, putting to rest previous speculations that he had exited the film. Director Nitesh Tiwari had been cautious in his comments regarding the cast, only mentioning that an announcement was imminent. He also alluded to the potential for controversy in such adaptations, saying, “My question is very simple. I also consume the stuff I produce, so if I don’t end up offending myself, I have every confidence that I won’t end up offending anyone else.” This comment was in reference to the controversy surrounding Om Raut’s recent adaptation of Ramayana, “Adipurush.”

Kangana Ranaut, who is set to appear in her own Ramayana film titled “Sita: The Incarnation,” had already weighed in on Ranbir and Yash’s casting. In a candid Instagram post, she shared, “There should be no pale-looking druggie soy boy playing Lord Rama… Jai Shri Ram.” She expressed her preference for a southern superstar Yash who, in her opinion, better fits the physical description of Lord Rama.

As the epic tale of Ramayana continues to capture the imaginations of filmmakers and audiences alike, these casting updates offer a glimpse into the complex world of mythological adaptations on the big screen.


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