Sanjay Leela Bhansali seems to have finally found Juliet, as the female lead in ‘Ram Leela.’ Deepika Padukone will now be seen courting Ranveer Singh in the director’s version of Shakespeare’s famous play.
An insider disclosed that since the female lead needed to be fair, Kat was a strong contender. But Dippy, however, clinched the deal. A source close to the project revealed, “Bhansali wanted an A list heroine to play Leela. Bhansali approached Katrina but she did not have dates. Deepika was the only one with available dates for the project. Bhansali was only too happy to have her.”
However, Deepika’s dates did not come too easily. The actress apparently gave the dates she had assigned for the Ekta Kapoor – Karan Johar joint venture to Bhansali. “The other project was taking too much time. The script wasn’t ready. So Deepika simply transferred her dates to Bhansali’s film,” another source told us.
Shifting dates to other projects, nevertheless, is not a new phenomena for Deepika. The actress, who had assumed a go-getter attitude this year, had pulled out of Ramesh Taurani’s Race 2 after shooting for a week. That time too, she had reportedly wanted to allot her dates to other projects.
Ever since then, Deepika has captured various other projects that had earlier been set up to her colleagues from the industry. Reportedly, after Kareena Kapoor opted out of Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, Deepika jumped in to bag the role.
This time too, Deepika appears to have emerged successful. “She signed on the dotted lines only lately. Bhansali had approached her about 25 days back. He was considering a fresh face but was happy to have Deepika on board,” said the source close to the project.
Meanwhile, Ranbir is unflurried with the entire struggle to find his leading lady. He has completed a long workshop in Gujarat interpreting the character and is waiting for Bhansali to take the film on floors.
We do not know. But Dippy’s character as the Gujarati Juliet aka Leela in SLB’s Ram Leela may hold the key to Deepika’s future. Don’t you think so, readers?
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