Vishal Bhardwaj, who was all set to start the shoot for his upcoming film with Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone, has pushed the starting schedule for the film.

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Irrfan Khan is suffering from jaundice and has put all his professional commitments on hold due to the illness.

The actor had to leave for Punjab for a shooting schedule for his political satire series The Ministry, and then start promoting his forthcoming film Blackmail. But Irrfan has been advised to take rest.

Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan's Gangster Drama Gets Postponed; Vishal Bhardwaj Confirms
Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan’s Gangster Drama Gets Postponed; Vishal Bhardwaj Confirms

“The doctors have strictly advised complete bed rest for Irrfan. His team is working on rescheduling all his commitments in the best interest of all causing as minimal as issues to everyone,” his publicist said in a statement.

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Vishal Bhardwaj took his Facebook account and informed the same, “I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice and it will take him a few weeks to recover and Deepika Padukone’s back problem which had previously developed during the shooting of Padmaavat has now resurfaced. Her role in the film is very physically demanding and the doctor has advised her not to do any strenuous work for a couple of months.”

“In the past few weeks, I felt like I was back in the days of Maqbool while prepping with them. Deepika and Irrfan’s look tests have come out exceptionally well, nothing like you’ve seen before, and it took me a moment to recognize them when I saw the test photographs.”

“I want both of them to be strong and fit before we start the film. I would also like to clear that the film is still untitled and is not based on Rahima Khan/Sapna Didi’s life. Yes, it’s a takeoff from the story Femme Fatale from Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai but as we worked on this idea, the story and screenplay have taken on a new identity and shape which is nowhere close to the above-mentioned names. Hence, it’s definitely not a biopic.”

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