Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

With only one release in the past two years to his credit -- Sajid-Farhad's ensemble comedy Housefull 3 (2016) -- Abhishek Bachchan had given his fans reason to cheer when reports of him being cast in JP Dutta's Paltan, hit headlines. However, the actor reportedly walked out of the war drama two days ago. Now, mid-day has learnt that Bachchan will team up with wife Aishwarya Rai for a romantic comedy after the duo last shared screen space in Raavan (2010).

While it was initially speculated that the couple would get together for Mani Ratnam's film, with reports later suggesting they had greenlit Anurag Kashyap's Gulab Jamun, we hear, the actors have been approached for a Vashu Bhagnani outing. Titled Sundarkand, the film was previously set to star Irrfan and Taapsee Pannu, but the former apparently walked out at the eleventh hour.

A source says that the makers have decided to give the film another shot. “It is inspired by real-life incidents. It follows two cops who find love in a crime-infested state. Both Abhishek and Aishwarya are reading the script and are keen to return to the big screen together. The project will be helmed by TV director Priya Mishra, who makes her Bollywood debut with the outing,” the source says.