Rajniesh Duggall claims Priyanka Chopra refused to share screen space with him in Yakeen: Just because I was a newcomer | Bollywood

Initially set to make his Bollywood entrance sooner, Rajniesh Duggall eventually started his acting career with the 2008 horror feature ‘1920’. The actor now claims that his cinematic break was supposed to come with Priyanka Chopra’s 2005 movie ‘Yakeen’, a role he lost due to her purported reluctance to act with a newcomer. (Also read: Rajniesh Duggal: Hoping for a surge in Bollywood opportunities after my international project)

Rajniesh Duggall’s first Bollywood role was in Vikram Bhatt’s spine-chilling film ‘1920’.

In a revealing discussion with Siddharth Kannan, Rajniesh recounted his removal from what would have been his debut film, mentioning that Priyanka Chopra opted not to work alongside him based on his newcomer status.

His Version of Events

“I was initially cast for ‘Yakeen’. I even signed on for it and started preparations. Girish Dhamija, the director, had even begun my coaching after asking about my relocation to Mumbai, which I had already planned,” he detailed in the interview.

Rajniesh also mentioned that the producer put substantial faith in him, inking a deal for a trio of films, granting him a plush Juhu apartment, a personal chauffeur, and a chef. He undertook a rigorous five-month training period for the movie as well. Despite this, Priyanka’s decision caused a significant turnaround.

“One evening, the producer, Sujit Kumar Singh, called me over and broke the news that Priyanka, who had risen to stardom since our initial agreement and was part of a hefty package deal, refused to collaborate with a fresh face. At first, I naively suggested replacing Priyanka because I only understood the investment they were making in me, not the intricacies of the film industry,” he recounted.

Reflecting on Priyanka’s Refusal

The sudden switch was a hard pill to swallow for Rajniesh, yet he refrains from holding Priyanka directly responsible, considering her management may have made the call. “I harbor no ill will, as she knew about me being cast. She might have advocated for my inclusion,” he remarked.

Alongside Priyanka, ‘Yakeen’ featured notable stars such as Arjun Rampal, Kim Sharma, Sudhanshu Pandey, and Saurabh Shukla.

About Rajniesh’s Background

Rajniesh first stepped into the spotlight as a model, clinching the Grasim Mr. India 2003 title and representing the country at the Mr. International pageant in London, where he secured the 1st runner-up spot. Post his on-screen debut, he made his presence felt in the action-packed reality series ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5’, walking away victorious.

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