Lara replaces Tabu in Priyadarshan’s ‘Billo Barber’

June 25th, 2008 - 10:36 am ICT by IANS  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Director Priyadarshan admits he had written the female lead of his forthcoming “Billo Barber” with favourite actress Tabu in mind but had to settle for Lara Dutta instead due to date problems. Priyadarshan and Tabu have done great work together in films like “Viraasat” and “Kala Pani”. The versatile actress even agreed to do an inconsequential role in “Hera Pheri” only for Priyadarshan’s sake.

“Billo Barber” is being produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Priyadarshan wanted Tabu to star in it. But after she opted out, Lara bagged the role.

Said Priyadarshan: “It’s a role of a full-on firebrand village girl. And it’s patterned on Tabu’s role in my ‘Viraasat’. I’ve to admit I think of Tabu for every female lead. But Lara is sensitive and strong enough to carry this role off with

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