Mira Nair wants to start the shooting of the film early next year but Shahid hasn't given his dates. This has forced the director to drop him from the film and look for fresh faces. The latest we hear is that she has auditioned people like Pratik Babbar, Ali Zafar and Rehan Khan.
The news is also doing the rounds that the director just can't wait for Shahid, who is currently busy with Mausam. Making matters worse, the actor sports a new look in Mausam; and the role in The Reluctant Fundamentalist also needs a bearded look.