Jennifer Lawrence made Bollywood debut in Sushant Singh Rajput's 'Paani'?

By Melanie Aiden August 15, 2022
Jennifer Lawrence made Bollywood debut with Sushant Singh Rajput's 'Paani'? 

Star Jennifer Lawrence, who has played a wide range of roles in her career, was once gearing up for a Hindi venture alongside late Sushant Singh Rajput. 

The Oscar-winner is one of the most celebrated actors of her generation even offered a Indian project. 

Shekhar Kapur's entertainer Paani, the ambitious science fiction-adventure film was conceptualized by the filmmaker years ago in which Lawrence was reportedly casted. 

Paani was supposed to be set in a world without water, focusing on a pair of young lovers navigating the hellish landscape. 

While Sushant coming on board had been confirmed by both the actor and the filmmaker, the news about the then-23-year-old Jennifer’s involvement was never really properly confirmed. 

Back in January 2014, a Bollywood Life report cited an insider saying, "Paani will be an expensive film. The budget would be close to ₹150 crore. To justify that kind of a money, the film will have to do good business all around the world, and not just in India. Getting someone like Jennifer will ensure the film attracts eyeballs internationally as well." 

According to another source Shekha adores Hollywood celebrities to the core and she always wanted to have one in the film so she made her way to The Hunger Games actress due to her popularity in India. 

However, all this is confusing as less than a week later the maker of the film put all the speculations to rest as she denied Lawrence's part in it. 

She tweeted,  "Jennifer Lawrence has not been approached for Paani. Just clearing out the rumors." 

In the end Paani never got made as the production house Yash Raj Film's backed out after 3 months of preparation and pre-production work.