It’s Final: Deepika to romance SRK in ‘Happy New Year’

Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh Khan have delivered two hits together, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Chennai Express’. After the super-duper success of ‘Chennai Express’, the confusion about the female lead for Farah Khan’s new project ‘Happy New Year’ is over and the makers are thinking seriously about casting Deepika Padukone opposite King Khan for the third time.

At first Farah Khan thought to cast a new face opposite the superstar but on Shahrukh’s suggestion, she changed her mind and decided to sign an established actor. Three names were tabled, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and television actor Anita Lokhande but now it seems all the three names were rejected and finally Farah Khan has signed the ‘Cocktail’ actress. Audience liked Shahrukh and Deepika’s chemistry in ‘Chennai Express’ and keeping in mind the audience choice, Farah finally signed Deepika.

The film might go on floor in September. This year has been great from Deepika with three hits in her bags, ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and now ‘Chennai Express’.

Farah Khan and Shahrukh Khan are tight-lipped on the new developments. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani.

Ileana D’Cruz and Anushka Sharma’s names were tabled but finally it was Deepika who grabbed the meaty role. It is reported that Kat rejected the film due to her dates problem and the same with Priyanka Chopra. Katrina Kaif is shooting 'Dhoom 3' and 'Bang Bang' while Piggy Chops is busy with 'Gunday', Mary Kom biopic and 'Krrish 3'.