Kareena dropped from Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’

Kareena Kapoor who bagged Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s prestigious project ‘Ram Leela’ has been ousted from the film. Sources said that Kareena has been replaced by Priyanka Chopra. The actual reason of the replacement has not yet been known but rumor is doing the round that Kareena’s marriage might be the reason. Bebo's wedding date is said to be clashing with film schedule. Bhansali wants to shoot the film at a stretch and he does not want his actors to take a break.

“We aren’t aware of the exact reasons why, but Priyanka has been roped in by Mr Bhansali. Although no one is ready to divulge details yet, Priyanka was confirmed for the role a couple of days back,” says an insider close to the project.

The film starring ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ actor Ranveer Singh is supposed to go on the floors in July but now the film shooting has been pushed back.

Kareena’s impending marriage with Saif Ali Khan on October 16th could be one of the reasons. “Whatever the case, Priyanka has been chosen because Bhansali wanted a completely fresh pairing. Priyanka is also excited because it’s one of Bhansali’s most prestigious projects. It’s an author-backed role,” says the insider, adding that Priyanka would start preparing for the role from August, once she returns to India from Europe vacation. “It will be quite a challenge for her since Bhansali wants his actors to prepare extensively before shooting begins,” the source adds.

“It’s a full-on masala movie and is in the Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999 ) space. I am going to have a blast. Plus, with 11 songs and great locales, I feel the chemistry between Ranveer and Kareena is going to rock,” Bhansali told few days back. At that time, the filmmaker did not reveal about his change plan.

Kareena was very excited when she was signed by Bhansali and she said that she always wanted to work with the noted filmmaker. She even said that he would not take break after marriage and will soon start the film shooting after her marriage.

She even expressed her happiness in pairing opposite ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ actor Ranveer Singh. ‘Ram Leela’ is said to be an adaptation of Shakespeare’s love tragedy ‘Romeo Juliet’.