Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who will also be seen in Rohit Shetty directorial venture ''Simmba'' featuring Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, has decided to leave Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi" due to scheduling conflict, the actor's spokesperson said today.
According to the spokesperson, Sonu, who is filming Rohit Shetty's "Simmba" right now, was recently asked to reshoot portions for "Manikarnika" by Kangana.
The 45-year-old actor is sporting a beard for the Ranveer Singh-starrer, but for "Manikarnika" he was asked to go clean shaven.
Sonu had asked the makers of the biopic to finish the reshoots after he completes his schedule for "Simmba" but things did not work out and he decided to quit the project.
"Sonu has always been a thorough professional and honoured all his commitments. He had informed the makers of Manikarnika about his dates and schedule well in advance. Inconveniencing the team of his current film to accommodate the demands of another are against his professional principles.
"Sonu has taken the higher road ahead and wishes the team of Manikarnika all the best," the spokesperson said in a statement.
There were reports that filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi, who has directed the historical drama, has left the project. The news surfaced online after a picture of a clapboard featuring Kangana's name as the director of the film went viral.
However, it was later clarified by the National Award-winning actor's team that she was just shooting the patchwork in absence of Krish, who is currently busy fulfilling his commitments for another project.
(With PTI Inputs)