Who will be the Gujarati Juliet?

Jul 11, 2012, 08:47 IST | Jigar Shah

Sources say that instead of being deterred by leading lady Kareena Kapoor's walkout, Sanjay Leela Bhansali continues with his big plans for his epic love story 'Ram Leela'

Kareena Kapoor may have marched out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming romance film, but the filmmaker is yet not ready to hang his head in disappointment.

In fact, according to sources, he has bigger plans in place, the first step of which is to take lead actor Ranveer Singh on a trip to Gujarat to prep him for his role. Our source from the film says, “Bhansali is planning to take Ranveer to Gujarat in order to make him familiar with the place, where the film is set, apart from introducing him to the crewmembers.”

With Bebo exiting the project, buzz is that Bhansali could be looking for a fresh face. And in case, the filmmaker decides to go with a tried and tested actress to cast as his Gujarati heroine, here’s looking at the timetables of some of our Bollywood actresses who could suit the part. But it looks like all of them have a rather choc-o-bloc schedule to start shooting next month.

Deepika Padukone: Dippy has the sequel of Race in her kitty. She is currently shooting for her film opposite Ranbir Kapoor. And then she will start working on Chennai Express.

Anushka Sharma: Right now, she is shooting for her Yash Chopra project, post which she will do Raju Hirani’s next.

Sonam Kapoor: Sonam is currently working on Rakeysh Mehra’s next and will start work on Ranjhana.

Katrina Kaif: The actress is shooting for Yash Chopra’s film opposite SRK. And then there is Dhoom 3 opposite Aamir Khan, apart from promotional activities around her spy thriller opposite Salman Khan.

Vidya Balan: Vids has Ghanchakkar and Shaadi Ke Side Effects.

Priyanka Chopra: PC could be Bhansali’s only hope among A-list actresses. She has no other film apart from the remake of Zanjeer.

Jumping the gun?
Sources close to PC recently claimed that she had been approached to play the female lead in this Bhansali project. However, informers inside Bhansali’s camp indicate that PC’s ‘friends’ may have made the announcement a tad too early. Especially, since a new face could also be considered. 

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