Actress Vidya Balan is said to have turned down the offer to play the lead role in the biopic. Talking about it, Raima said: “I have been in talks with some producers since two years for my grandmother’s biopic. Vidya Balan was approached for the role, but due to some date issues, she refused. I want the biopic on my grandmother to be made and I want it to be directed by either Sanjay Leela Bhansali or Mani Ratnam.”
Vidya had stated in a media report that while she would have loved to essay a legend like Suchitra Sen on screen, but she didn’t find any physical resemblance with her.