'Romeo and Juliet' director 'thought Kareena Kapoor wasn't right fit'
Published Jul 11 2012, 19:14 BST | By Zakia Uddin
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali reportedly dropped Kareena Kapoor
from his film because she is married.
The actress was due to take on the role of Juliet in the Bollywood version of Romeo and Juliet
A source told Mumbai Mirror
: "A Juliet - no matter how far removed from Shakespeare's original vision of her - cannot be a married woman.
"With images of her wedding festivities flashing all over, it would have been impossible for Kareena to pass herself as a Gujju Juliet despite her great talent.
"It threw up a series of frightening scenarios. Kareena would, understandably, get busy with pre-wedding and post-wedding events.
"In the midst of her wedding in October, Kareena also needed at least a month to promote Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine
which releases a month ahead of her wedding date.
"The parting was anything but acrimonious. Sanjay was surprised to read on Monday morning that Kareena had 'walked out' of Ram Leela
"The truth is, this was building up for a long time. And money was the least of the problems. Sanjay was extremely keen to work with Kareena. She thinks she is an exceptional actress."
Kapoor has said that the decision has nothing to do with her upcoming marriage to Saif Ali Khan
It was announced in June that Kapoor and long-term boyfriend Khan will have their wedding day on October 16