Deepika Padukone seems to have made her way into the cast for the second time. Dippy, who had walked out of the film, choosing to allocate her dates to Ayaan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani instead of the Saif Ali Khan starrer, has been summoned back by the filmmakers.

In fact, the schedules have been rearranged and her original remuneration has been substantially enhanced to get the actress back in the project, claim sources.

A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Deepika felt that her pairing with Saif needs a break after Love Aaj Kal, Aarakshan and Homi Adjania’s film (tentatively titled Cocktail). When the dates for Race 2 and Ayan’s film clashed, she opted for the latter.”

The Race 2 producers, the Taurani’s were however, adamant on getting Deepika back on the project, revealed the source. In fact, they were willing to adjust the dates and comply with all her requirements to ensure that she stays with the film.

“Rumours about Priyanka Chopra replacing Deepika hasn’t gone down too well with the Tauranis. They sat down with Deepika and sorted out all the problems. They even agreed to enhance her remuneration,” added the source.

Ramesh Taurani admitted that there were problems regarding Deepika’s dates, which have been sorted out. “Deepika is very much a part of Race 2,” said the filmmaker.

The date adjustment for Deepika seems to have shattered Sonakshi Sinha’s dream to shed her village belle avatar, which has stuck with her since her debut with Dabangg, and don the glam doll look for Abbas Mustan’s Race 2. Due to date problems, Shatrughan Sinha’s little daughter has had to opt out of the action thriller.

Not so long ago, Sonakshi, happy with her role in Race 2 had said, “I believe as an actress one must do different roles. I wanted to change my image from a traditional girl to a glamorous one. So I signed Race 2.”

However, the actress has now opted out of the project due to date issues. According to sources, Race had been pushed to June for Deepika and since Dabangg 2 starts in March 2012, Sonakshi had to choose between an image makeover and Salman Khan. Needless to say, the young actress chose the man who helped her become an overnight star with her debut film than a new glam doll avatar.

Sonakshi’s manager confirmed that Sonakshi is indeed opted out of the Abbas Mustan project and revealed, “The dates of the film have been pushed to June. Deepika has allotted her dates accordingly. This clashes with Sonakshi’s important schedule for Dabangg 2. She cannot change her dates now according to the requirement of Race 2.”

When contacted, Ramesh Taurani, producer of Race 2, said, “Yes, Sonakshi has date issues. She has spoken to us about the same. I am trying to sort it out, but I can’t say anything more at this moment.”

A friend of Sonakshi added, “Surely, Salman Khan’s film is more important to Sonakshi. She flagged off her career with Dabangg. She definitely can’t ditch the sequel. In fact it is one of the most awaited projects of 2012.”

Dippy goes missing

After walking the ramp for designer Wendell Rodericks at a fashion event in Delhi last week, Deepika Padukone did a disappearing act scaring everybody in her team.

Unreachable over the phone for 24 hours, it was later found out that Deepika had escaped to her favourite place, the Taj Mahal and switched her cellphone off.

A source informed, “Deepika is normally very responsible. She always informs her office about her whereabouts. But last week she did the unthinkable.”

“The day after she walked the ramp for Wendell Rodericks, she got up finished all her work and asked her staff to leave. No one knows what happened next. Except for that Deepika went missing. In fact, she was untraceable for the next 24 hours,” added the source

“Her team was really worried. They were frantically looking for her. They even thought of calling her parents up. Luckily, she called up just in time to inform hat she was safe,” told the source.

Dippy it seems had escaped to Agra. “Deepika loves the Taj. She visits Agra frequently. She always plans a trip to the Taj when she is in Delhi or anywhere close to Agra. But this time she hadn’t planned on visiting the place. So when she disappeared all of a sudden, her team got really worried,” added the source.

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