Just days ago, news broke out that actor Ajay Devgn has walked out of Luv Ranjan’s next movie, in which he was all set to star with Ranbir Kapoor. Now, we hear that Luv Ranjan has decided to put that project on a back burner for now and go ahead with a brand new project for which he has signed Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.

Pinkvilla quotes a source as saying, “Luv is planning another drama with the same cast, after Ajay told him he won’t be part of his other film that was announced. Luv already had Ranbir and DP’s dates for his film and this would have cost him a chance to get their dream pair again on screen. So he has started scripting another rom-com, which like his other films, will be quirky and funny too. He will start the film around February next year, exactly when he was planning to start the other one. Ranbir and DP have okayed the concept and a verbal go ahead is already there.”

The cancelled film was reportedly a big-budget action entertainer. It would have been Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor’s first movie with Luv Ranjan. The duo had earlier worked together in critically acclaimed movie ‘Raajneeti’. But Ajay Devgn walked out of the movie due to differences with the director.

Pinkvilla had earlier quoted a source as saying, “Ajay Devgn has taken his name out of the film. He opted out a few weeks ago and now, won’t be starring in the movie anymore. There were a few things that all of them couldn’t agree on and they thought it’s better to not take the discussion ahead anymore. The film was anyway getting pushed but after AJ’s exit, it seems the entire project has been derailed. Luv, on the other hand, has decided to keep this film on the backburner and concentrate on another film that he’s been planning to mount on for sometime now.”

After pictures of Deepika Padukone meeting Luv Ranjan were published, reports started doing rounds that Deepika was signed as the female lead in the movie. This caused a huge controversy online and her fans expressed their dismay at the possibility of Deepika working with the filmmaker. Luv has drawn criticism in the past for making films that have been described as misogynist, and was accused by a woman of sexual harassment during the #MeToo movement in 2018. Speaking to Vogue India, Deepika gave a resounding ‘no’ when asked if she would be willing to work with a person who has been accused of sexual misconduct. “No! I would not,” she said.

So, we need to wait for an official word to see if these rumours are true.