Deepika to play Salman's ladylove in Barjatya’s next

Deepika Padukone has been approached to play Salman Khan’s ladylove in Sooraj Barjatya’s untitled film. Sooraj is teaming up with Salman Khan after 14 long years.

“Sooraj ji met her (Deepika) at a party. Talks are on with her but nothing is finalized yet. Lot of actresses have interest in this film and he is meeting other actresses as well,” sources close to the development told PTI Dec. 30.

“We have not finalized anyone yet. Lots of speculation is happening over the heroine of the film. Things will be finalized in 15 days or so,” the source said.

Several names were suggested including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ilena D’Cruz, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Nargis Fakhri and others but Deepika Padukone is the top preference.

Since Sooraj generally makes family oriented film, the film tentatively titled, ‘Bade Bhaiyya’ but nothing has been confirmed yet. The shooting might take place in Mumbai, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Deepika is yet to share screen space with the 'Dabangg' Khan.

Deepika recently said, “I want to work with Salman. I am really looking forward to work with him. Whenever Salman and I will come together, it will be a special film.”

Even Deepika looks forward to work with Salman. She also said, “I am really looking forward to doing something with Salman because I feel it’s overdue.”

Deepika also revealed that Salman had offered her a film when she had not entered Bollywood. It was before Farah Khan offered her a role in ‘Om Shanti Om’. She had then declined his offer as she was not ready to face the camera. Deepika says, “He offered me my first film when I was too young and I was not ready to be in front of the camera. I will always be grateful to him. Just the fact that he offered me a film was a great thing. It is taking a long time for us to come together on screen, so I think there is something special waiting for us.”