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Govinda's special appearance in Jagga Jasoos edited out

Director Anurag Basu admitted that it is 'our loss' that the actor's role had been edited out of the film.

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Shriram Iyengar

Actor Govinda's cameo appearance in the Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif starrer, Jagga Jasoos, might not happen. Director Anurag Basu admitted in a news report that the guest appearance by the actor has been edited out of the film.

Speaking to PTI news agency, Basu said, "I've shot a couple of days with him in the first schedule. Then there were changes in the story and other things. But Govinda isn't in the film, his part isn't there."

In another report in the newspaper, DNA, Basu said, "“I did shoot with Govinda for about 20 days. It was for a special cameo. The picture that came out online was from the first schedule of the film when I had shot with him. But over the time the script changed and a lot of things changed. So his role didn’t go with the script. It was very kind of him that he said 'yes.' Anyway his was not any lead role. It was a small guest appearance. So, everyone who thinks Govinda is in the film, let me tell you he is not there in the movie."

Initial reports suggested that Govinda was to play Kapoor's mysterious father. However, the trailer of the film confirmed that the role is being played by Bengali actor, Saswata Chatterjee. The leaked still of the film showed Govinda dressed as a mysterious sanyasi leading to several questions about his character in the film. But director Basu admitted that changes in the script led to the removal of the character from the film.

The report also quoted actor Govinda saying, "I am thankful that Anurag Basu at least opened his mouth after three years and finally, he gave the clarification about the role. I am happy that at least he spoke about it after three years."

Jagga Jasoos also stars Saurabh Shukla and Sayani Gupta among others. The film is scheduled to be released on 14 July.