Deepika chooses Shahrukh, too busy for Salman

While Deepika Padukone, the current reigning queen of Bollywood with several mega hits to her credit have always expressed great interest to work with Salman Khan, it seems such a project is not going to materialize anytime soon. There was a lot of speculation that Deepika will be roped in to work in the upcoming film by Sooraj Barjatiya. "Sooraj ji met her (Deepika) at her birthday 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 project said.

"We have not finalised anyone yet. Lot of speculation is happening over the heroine of the film. Things will be finalised in 15 days or so," the source said.

It seemed that things were progressing smoothly, but now Deepika is not doing the film. Instead, the production house is known to be approaching other ladies including Daisy Shah and Katrina Kaif to play the part. Rumors are going strong that it is at the request of Salman Khan. Salman is pairing up with Barjatiya a long time after their last outing in Hum saath saath hain.  

Salman has made no secret of his admiration for Deepika as an artist. In his recent session in Koffee with Karan, he clearly said that he respected Deepika’s dedication to her profession and was impressed by the progress she had made as an actress. So, it comes as rather a surprise that Salman may have approached Sooraj and requested him not to cast Deepika opposite him.

In a recent interview, Salman was asked why he preferred to work with newcomers. Salman had said that the established heroines were often too busy and he preferred to work with someone who can devote enough time to the project. After successive hits like Yeh jawani hai diwani, Chennai Express and Ram leela, Deepika is definitely one of the busiest actresses in Bollywood. She is currently working with Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year and is scheduled to work in Finding Fanny with Arjun Kapoor. Kochadaiiyan where she appears opposite Rajanikanth is about to be released. Perhaps, this busy schedule is the reason that Salman requested a change in heroine.

In another development, Himesh Reshammiyan has been approached for music direction and Irshad Kamil for lyrics. This is a definite break in tradition as Rajshri Productions have always preferred to use in house composers.