The Big B of the Indian film industry has been doing quite a few ‘mature love stories’ of late. Right from Nishabd to Cheeni Kum. But looks like he may be stepping cautiously where such films are concerned now, if rumour is to be believed. The latest is that Amitabh Bachchan is no longer doing Percept Picture Company’s Johnny Walker, which was touted as yet another such film. Johnny Walker was to be directed by Shoojit Sircar who had earlier directed Yahaan. The film’s story traced the life of a man, Johnny Walker, right from adolescence to old age, especially concentrating on his 25 years of married life, and delving into how the couple rediscover their love in later years. Vidya Balan was supposed to play the female lead. AB apparently liked the script so much that he wanted to co-produce the film, but, claimed the grapevine, when PPC failed to let go of the reins, AB decided to return the cheque instead of continuing with the film. “That is not true,” says Preet Bedi, CEO of PPC, “It was quite an amicable decision. We wanted to close our accounts in the last financial year, and we asked Mr Bachchan if he could do the film. However, he politely expressed his inability to spare the dates and returned the cheque. I’m afraid there is no controversy here.” Asked whether PPC would still be making the film now that Bachchan was no longer doing it, Bedi replied, “Yes, we are definitely making the film. However, we will have another actor in the lead, and we will be making the announcement soon.” Now we wonder who can step into Big B’s shoes? Any guesses?