Aishwarya pregnancy puts Heroine on hold
"At this point, nothing is more important than Aishwarya`s well being and good health," UTV Motion Picture said in a statement.
"We would like to put an end to the speculative and factually incorrect stories that are doing the rounds on Heroine, and to clarify the position on the film once and for all. At this point nothing is more important than Aishwarya`s well being and good health," the statement added.
Aishwarya announced the project at Cannes last month and had also shot some scenes recently but reports suggested that she may be replaced by `Fashion` star Priyanka Chopra.
The production house, however, has dismissed speculation on new casting but seems uncertain about the future course on the film.
"…we have all mutually agreed that the best step would be to avoid shooting further, rather than proceeding with an incredibly demanding schedule over the coming months.
Even as we will truly miss this opportunity to work with Aishwarya, the entire unit wishes her the very best for the exciting time ahead, as she and Abhishek move into this special new phase in their lives," the statement said.
Big B had last week broken the news about his daughter-in-law`s pregnancy through a social networking site.
Aishwarya was to essay the role of a once successful film actress Mahi Khanna, whose career is on the decline.
Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra took to twitter to clarify that she has not been approached for the movie.
"Read some stupid article about how I wanna do Madhur Bhandarkar`s film Heroine. I think Madhur is amazing director and it will be amazing to work together again. But guys this one ain`t it! I wish him and Ash lots of luck with the film".
The prospects of `Heroine` going on floor in the immediate future appear bleak with the development even though Bhandarkar had conceptualised the movie much earlier before announcing it at the Cannes Film Festival 2011.