Ranveer Singh to play Kareena's brother in Zoya Akhtar's next

Director Zoya Akhtar had already become well known in Bollywood with her debut film Luck by chance  that was critically acclaimed and then Zindagi na milegi dobara. She is now preparing to launch a multi starrer film. The rumor mill has been going strong about this upcoming project. Reportedly, it is a family saga that will be somewhat autobiographical in nature. The story draws on the brother sister dynamics that exist between Zoya herself and her actor director brother Farhan Akhtar. The script has been written by Zoya and Reema Kagti.

It was originally decided to cast Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles of the film. This was the first time that Kareena and Ranbir would play brother and sister on silver screen. Zoya was interested in capturing the dynamics between the two. But it seems we will have to wait longer to see the Kapoor cousins together in a film.

Ranbir is very busy with his various other commitments. His films Yeh jawani hai diwani  and Besharam will be releasing shortly. He is signed up for Bombay Velvet by Anurag Kshyap. He is also committed to a biopic of Kishore Kumar and a film directed by Farhan Akhtar. It was becoming difficult to find dates in the midst of so many projects. However, Zoya is in no mood to wait for the top stars as her script is ready. As a result, it has probably been decided that she would cast Ranveer Singh in the role designated for Ranbir Kapoor.  Ranveer was last seen in Band, baaja, baarat. His latest films pending release include Gundey and Lootera.

The buzz is that Ranveer is quite excited to be sharing screen space with Kareena where he will appear in the role of the brother of Kareena. According to a source, "Ranveer missed out on working with Kareena in Ram Leela. This time he wants to make it work. Even if it means he does not get to play the romantic lead."

Kareena will be paired opposite Hrithik in the film. This will be the first time after 2003 when Kareena and Hrithik will appear together since Main prem ki diwani hoon. It is reported that the pair is starring in Shuddhi by Karan Johar which is slated to be released next year.