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Race 2 co-stars ignore Deepika Padukone
February 16, 2012
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Deepika gets a royal ignore from her old pals and Race 2 co-stars at Dhawan's party

Deepika Padukone opted out of Ramesh Taurani's Race 2 after shooting for six days.

The producer in turn filed a complaint with CINTAA (Cine and TV Artists Association) against the actress. And while the governing body of the Hindi cinema industry was working out things, people from the fraternity chose to take a stand of their own. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that at David Dhawan's son, Rohit Dhawan's wedding in Goa, certain stars, who had been close to Deepika earlier, chose to stay away from her.

John Abraham, who came with his new girlfriend Priya Runchal for the party, ignored his Desi Boyz co-star completely. The two actors had reportedly, been rather close on the sets of their film earlier. According to a source, who was present at the reception party held n February 11, "John ignoring Deepika came as a shock."

Deepika did not give in to the cold vibes too easily. Despite her former co-stars from Race 2 refusing to be too cordial, the actress tried to restore relationships by going up and hugging Ramesh Taurani. "He was taken aback. He did not reciprocate too warmly," added our source.

Deepika's other Race 2 co-star Saif Ali Khan hasn't taken her decision to leave the film in a lurch, too well either. Saif, who had worked with Deepika in his home production Love Aaj Kal, Prakash Jha's Aarakshan and the Homi Adajani film Cocktail is miffed with the actress.

Ramesh Taurani admitted, "Saif is with me on this issue." When asked whether he was still a part of the film, Saif said, "I am completely with Rameshji. Race 2 is a cool script." The actor, however, chose not to comment on Deepika's controversial decision to us. When asked about it, Saif simply said, "That's none of my business."

John, however, chose not to speak on this at all.

Meanwhile The casting story so far...

Priyanka Chopra When asked to step into Deepika's shoes by producer Ramesh Taurani, she showed him her diary. With Krrish 3 eating up her calendar space in May, she couldn't oblige.

Kareena Kapoor According to insiders, Kareena might be the one to bail out the Tauranis at their moment of crisis, considering the actress's long-standing relationship with them.

Chunky Pandey Strangely. the male cast of Race 2 has been expanding. Now, Chunky Pandey will be seen playing a Godfather prototype in the film. He said, "I wanted negative roles."

Chitrangda Sources say that Chitrangda Singh may be the one to replace Deepika. Apparently, initial talks with her have already happened. If this fails, Asin is the next candidate.

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