Aishwarya Rai No More Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine

UTV has officially announced that their film Heroine, headlining Aishwarya Rai, has been dropped because of Aishwarya's pregnancy.

The film was announced with much fanfare at the Cannes Film Festival on May 13.

The film began production on June 7 in Mumbai.

On June 20, Amitabh Bachchan announced over Twitter that Aishwarya, 37, and Abhishek Bachchan, 35, are expecting their first child together.

A press statement released by UTV today states:

"At this point nothing is more important than Aishwarya's well being and good health. In that context, 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."

According to Mid Day, Aishwarya is five months pregnant and director Madhur Bhandarkar is not prepared to take any chances.

A ten day schedule for the film has already been shot and special sets erected. As a result, cancellation of the project will entail losses for co-producers UTV and Madhur Bhandarkar.

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