Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Majid Majidi Reveals Why He Rejected Deepika Padukone For His Film

Oscar-nominated film-maker, Majid Majidi is the man behind brilliant movies like Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise. His dream project had always been to complete a film in India.

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Majid’s dream came true with Beyond The Clouds, a movie that opened the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India and is all scheduled to release next year.

Majid is very fond of working with newcomers and has finalized Malavika Mohan and Ishan Khatter for his new venture.

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What a lot of people might not know is that Deepika Padukone had initially auditioned for the movie but Majid decided to go ahead with Ishan and Malavika. Majid stated that he prefers working with newcomers and likes the idea of picking his actors from the society.

“I choose my subjects from the society… I choose my heroes from the crowd. I mostly work with newcomers, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to work with professional ones,” Majidi said at a press conference on the sidelines of IFFI. 

He also further added that he would love to work with an established actor but finds if difficult because of the location he shoots in.

Here’s a shot from Deepika’s audition for ‘Beyond The Clouds’.

“It was tough to organize things on the sets with a big star. For one day, we organized auditions with Deepika. I remember it was difficult to manage things as people wanted to meet her and were very curious,” stated Majid as he revealed why they couldn’t go ahead with casting Deepika.

Majid’s Beyond The Clouds will revolve around the lives of a young brother-sister duo and cinema lovers will be in for a treat as the Hindi dialogues will be written by Vishal Bharadwaj.

What do you think about Majid’s approach to finding the perfect actor for his movies? Do you think Deepika would have been a better choice? Let us know your views in the comment section!

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