Alia for Saaho

Alia Bhatt (right) was reportedly approached for “Baahubali” actor Prabhas’ next film, “Saaho” before Shraddha Kapoor (left) took up the role. But looking at the heroine’s role which barely had any scenes in the film compared to Prabhas, Bhatt rejected the film. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—A popular portal has revealed that superstar-in-the-making-if-she-treads-carefully Alia Bhatt was the first choice for Prabhas’ tri-lingual “Saaho.”

Before Shraddha Kapoor took up this role, there were rumors that Prabhas’ “Bahubali” mother Anushka Shetty was the first choice for the film. Many actresses were approached, with Disha Patani even quoting an astronomical price that even top South actress does not get paid.

Bhatt was approached even before Kapoor was. The portal stated, “Apparently, Karan Johar was super excited about this collaboration, and he tried very hard to convince Alia to sign this film as this would have also been her South debut too. But looking at the heroine’s role which barely had any scenes in the film compared to Prabhas, Bhatt rejected the film.”

Bhatt, as we just stated above, is currently busy setting a league of her own by taking up some good performance-oriented roles in mainstream and mid-stream cinema. So at this stage, she did not want to break the chain by doing a film where she is more like a supporting cast.

In the Bhatt-Kapoor competition, when Parineeti Chopra was off films on a slimming plan, Bhatt has the absolute edge with Kapoor signing projects she should have steered away from completely. Now Chopra is back, with key films with YRF, Vipul Amrutlal Shah and more, and Kriti Sanon, after “Bareilly Ki Barfi” is a force to reckon with as well.

At this crucial stage, Shraddha Kapoor needs a hit more than a good role, and for her, “Saaho” might be a godsend. Or should that read “Aliasend?”

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