Bhansali’s Kapoor dreams go kaput!!
According to the recent reports Kareena Kapoor is not doing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela in which she was paired with Ranveer Singh. Ironically, she is the second member of the Kapoor khandan to walk out of the film after Ranbir Kapoor.
A source close to the director reveals, “Not many people know that Ranbir Kapoor was Bhansali’s first choice for the male lead. He had approached him initially to do the film but Ranbir cited the date problems and excused himself. That is when Bhansali decided to cast his first cousin, Kareena Kapoor. He felt if not the Kapoor lad, he could at least rope in the Kapoor girl in the film. He very strongly wanted one of them to be part of the film since both are a right combination of huge stars, immense talent and charming looks. But as luck would have it, he had fallout with her too.” Bebo is no more part of the film and now Priyanka Chopra will be essaying the role.
The source says the fallout has nothing to with Kareena and Saif’s much awaited wedding.The real reason is moolah. “Bhansali had originally taken hundred dates of Bebo for the shoot but he recently told her that he would require 40 more days ofher. When Bebo’s manager asked him about the remuneration for the extra days Bhansali’s team said she won’t be paid anything else besides what was decided in the beginning. This didn’t go down well with Bebo. She felt it was unfair of Bhansali to increase the days of shooting without paying her anything extra for it. So she decided to opt out of the film.”
It’s a double whammy for Bhansali who has lost a chance of working with the two most sought after Kapoor scions. However, we wish that SLB still manages to create magic with his Ram Leela.