Exclusive: More than one person was writing my obituary - Imran Khan

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Upcoming film ‘Katti Batti’ starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan is probably one of the few films of Kangana’s career where she was cast after the hero was signed. For the longest time, usually she would be the first one who got cast first. 

As Kangana had told Pinkvilla earlier, “I don’t see many films that I am approached for where I get to hear, 'Ok, this person’s on board and now we want you'."

So Imran was cast first for ‘Katti Batti’, and director Nikhil Advani, according to the hero, had a tough time finding his leading lady since Imran’s career was on a downslide post debacle of Karan Johar’s ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’, with Kareena Kapoor.

“I had signed ‘Katti Batti’ shortly after ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’.  And after the film bombed, I was getting a lot of bad press. More than one person was writing my obituary saying, Iska toh time khatam ho gaya. The first actress Nikhil approached, told us upfront that ‘I’m finished' so she won’t work with me. But Nikhil didn’t relent. The next actress he contacted, suggested that the makers work with her and her boyfriend as it will make a good jodi."

So when Nikhil approached Kangana, Imran says, he was all prepared what to say. “Before Kangana could say anything, the director told her that the hero was Imran and he can’t change that.  If she was interested, she can join the cast as the leading lady.”

Imran continued, “Kangana gave me an interesting perspective on this. She was at a major high after the success of  'Gangster', Life In A...Metro, 'Woh Lamhe'... she was the next big thing and the hottest actress of Bollywood. But subsequently there was a string of flops and suddenly people started writing her off. There were a dozen heroes who didn’t want to do films with her. Kangana told me that after what she went through, she can’t say or behave the same way what the others did.”

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It's Ileana, people! There were reports of her having signed the film. Google Imran Ileana Nikhil

Not sure abt the first actress! Second one sounds more like katrina! Anyway I have to give it to Kangana for sticking to not do to others what others did to you!

Deepika did LUX commercial with IMRAN KHAN in 2013 right after giving 4 hits :D If she was the one who made "he is finished" comment for Imran khan then why the hell would Imran do a commercial with her? Any man with a pinch of self respect would never work with someone who insulted him.
I get it, Deepika haters want to bash her anything and everything, but use your brains (if ya got any that is)
PV post this!!

yes, yes - LUX commercial are equivalent to movies, AMIRITE? DP fans find anything to support her. #kuchbhi

And LUX commercial in 2014 as well!!

Deepika was approched first but she rejected it.OMG. Hope that this movie will be a hit and you ll be on track again. You and kangana have great chemistry. All the best.

Can we find out who the first and the second acctresses were, who declined?? It would be really good to know and interesting, for the fans of course, too! Can we confirm?? Who knows, for sure and not just a guess??

Can we find out who the first and the second acctresses were, who declined?? It would be really good to know and interesting, for the fans of course, too! Can we confirm?? Who knows, for sure and not just a guess??

Can we find out who the first and the second acctresses were, who declined?? It would be really good to know and interesting, for the fans of course, too! Can we confirm?? Who knows, for sure and not just a guess??

deepika was approached firstly, shame on her!

But But But you cant act....

I wonder how many actresses feel that Ranbir Kapoor is now finished since his series of flops?

First actress he approached sounds like a toss up of Shruti Hassan, Deepika Padukone or Anushka Sharma. At this point in their careers and as heroines from his past films they can afford to say that. Second actress he approached is definitely Katrina. Hopefully the film does well at the box office, that'll show 'em Nikhil. =D

I really really hope this film works. They both are sweet people. I would rather buy from a fruit seller who is nice to be but sells a little bad fruit than someone who is haughty and has the sweetest ones! Hope you get my point. Kindness should always be put more than anything else when judging someone.

Agreed....I would rather buy from a man who's walking miles to sell his product than give a fully fit and healthy beggar some money...

BTW - who thinks that the actress who said "his time is over" is DP? I totally do. Katrina is hardly an actress and she does everything if you throw money her way. Well, karma!

Imran got more opportunities than he actually deserved.

Proud of you Kangana. This is what it means to know your past and remembering your journey. This is the reason for your success. You may have many haters in DeepVilla...oops Pinkvilla. But know there are a handful of genuine admirers of you and your talent. Ash Man and I will always support true authentic woman like you.

Imran Khan had a lot of help from his superstar uncle and even if that doesnt help then the writing is on the wall.

Hope it flops for Kangaana's sake

"The first actress Nikhil approached, told us upfront that ‘I’m finished' so she won’t work with me." Wow Ileana D'cruz, that was so mean. Now look where she is now, Karma is there gurl. And it's funny how she agreed to work with Saif who is another finished actor.

Where did you even get Ileana D'Cruz from lmao. And she isn't exactly going through a lull phase in her career either, she's just planning on settling down with her on term bf and isn't as ambitious anymore. I'm a Bollywood insider and I can confirm to you that the first actress is Deepika (she's known as being ruthless behind closed doors while putting up a facade for the public). After the news of Deepika rejecting the film had came out, I was out of town due to personal issues so I'm not sure who the second actress is (sounds like either Katrina or Shraddha to me at least from this article). Then by the time I got back Kangana had already been announced. PV post this please.

Why are you guys getting so involved in their lives? Just watch the movie and get on with your lives!!!

that was very nice of u kangana but i wonder who was the actress who rejected the movie and told imran that u r finished

i wish him best of luck. buy bollywood is all about pr . ranbir pr is doing good work so even with flop he is still working

Imran is from the industry ,he did get more chances than a whole lot of others . He should take it on the chin & move on...someone wlse would be wiped out by now. Actors always choose their heroines,why can't the actresses do it for a change?

Well, I don't always like Kangana, but this is truly admirable. I think she is just a bit cuckoo, not exactly a bad person.

Yes yes ok Imran, Kangana is a saint. We should be talking about how she looks like she is wearing the array of fabrics from my middle school home ec class, and he looks like I did on my first day of middle school in an Ed Hardy tshirt.

Where is Karan Johar now after being abysmal in Bombay Velvet? It's petty of people in the industry to write Imran off but not someone who is catty and a gossip-monger like Johar is.

They both sound so betrayed and let down by the industry. I wish their film reaches new heights so that everything comes to a full circle!! Never give up!!

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