To no avail.
The deal has fallen through and now we hear that Mallika has walked out of the project. Since the shooting in far-off exotic places was to begin in May, Joshi and his crew are stuck for a leading lady. He is now looking at a last-minute replacement and asking for his money back from Sherawat.
Sachiin Joshi tried to play down the stress level, “Yes, Mallika does have reservations regarding her role and the director. She wasn’t sure if Ankush would be able to deliver. I showed her Ankush’s first film Bhendi Bazaar Inc. You see, Mumbai Mirror goes into an action space completely different from the stylized action that I did in Azaan. It’s like Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya meets Anees Bazmi’s Ready. And I knew Ankush was right to direct it.”
Sachin further adds, “The whole film is set in Mumbai. It’s called Mumbai Mirror because it reflects the harsh reality of the city under the polished surface. We were hunting for a title when my eyes fell on the popular tabloid in my hands. Mumbai Mirror was perfect.”