Teen Patti director Leena Yadav says Maria has gone incommunicado. She had to be replaced at the last minute by another dancer, Olga, who danced with Bachchan at a recent awards function.
"She told me before leaving for Brazil that she will be back in Mumbai in December, but she never came," says Yadav. "I receive ten calls a day from people in the industry keen to sign her for their films. But we are not in touch with her and I am trying to look for her contact."
Yadav and choreographer Ashley Lobo chose Maria out of 50 contenders for the dance sequence. "I spotted vibes of Salma Hayek in Maria. She danced like a dream and her expressions say it all about her acting potential," Yadav said.
She said Maria had been "superbly solid" during the shoot. "We were left with one day when we got her and this song is a result of just a day's workshop training. She delivered a powerful performance without any hitch," said Leena.