Mast Mohabbat, now titled as Prem’s Mast Mohabbat, is yet again in the news with Poonam Bajwa replacing Vandana Gupta. While we hear that Vandana’s exit was because of date problems, our sources say that she was not doing justice to the role and so the producers had to find an immediate replacement.
Poonam is aware of the matter and feels that replacing cast members is quite common in the industry and especially so with heroines.
“I bagged this role in Mast Mohabbat quicker than I expected. I was free from any work commitment when the film’s team approached me. I immediately signed up and even completed 15 days of shoot for the film, before I went travelling to Dubai, Delhi, Pune and back to my house in Mumbai a couple of days ago. My next schedule for Mast Mohabbat is in the first week of March,” says Poonam, who is not new to the ways of Sandalwood.
She marked her entry in Kannada with Tangigagi, opposite Darshan, and her second film was Shikari, a bilingual in Kannada and Malayalam.
“I could have done so many films in Kannada but I did not analyse the potential of being in Sandalwood. I did not manage my publicity nor employ a good manager who could push for good films for me,” she explains.
Poonam, who is based in Mumbai, has never tried her luck with Hindi films and is happy being a south Indian actor.
“I am yet to do some groundwork before I see myself in Bollywood. To be frank, I am content with doing south Indian movies. I don’t mind settling in Bangalore for the weather and, of course, if I get more offers. I chose to be part of Mast Mohabbat because the heroine doesn’t have a blink-and-miss role. There is more than just running around trees,” she says.