'I was looking forward to working with Mr. Bachchan again after 'Zamaanat'. But it's not destined to be, at least not right now,' Arshad told IANS.
He had to opt out of their only film together because of the date problems.
'I've no choice but to leave 'Teen Patti'. I was looking forward to it because it was with Amit ji, and also because it was my first film with a female director. But my dates for 'Teen Patti' are now clashing with my own production, that I start in July.
'If it was just one more assignment, I'd have happily swapped it with 'Teen Patti'. But I am turning producer and it's a big leap for my career. I've all the pre-production in place. And any delay would be fatal for my plans as a producer.'
Arshad, however, needs to clear the air with the Big B.
'I need to explain to him why I'm not doing 'Teen Patti' before people go to him with all kinds of mad implications. I want him to know I'd give anything to be in the same film with him. In fact, I want to produce a film that features both of us.'