Shahrukh Khan to romance Alia, Deepika in Aanand L Rai's next

The two leading ladies of Bollywood, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone have been roped in to play superstar Shahrukh Khan’s heroines in Aanand L Rai's next.

Says a source, "A lot of names were being considered for the two roles and we were keen on casting well-known names of the industry. Deepika and Alia are strong contenders for the parts and if things fall into place, they will come on board."

Both Alia and Deepika have shown interest in the project and they are choking out dates for the film.

Another source says, "Post 'Tamasha' and 'Bajirao Mastani', Deepika has not signed any new project at the moment, so there is a possibility that she takes up the film. Alia, on the other hand, will begin shooting for Gauri Shinde's next with Shah Rukh in November. However, Rai's film will only begin once SRK finishes shooting for Gauri's film so it shouldn't be a problem for Alia either. The official announcement of the star cast will be made soon."

The film will be co produced by SRK and Eros. It is learnt that the film was earlier offered to Salman Khan.

Meanwhile, Shahrukh Khan is busy with his three movies Raees, Fan and Diwale while Deepika Padukone is busy shooting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mstani’ and Alia is working on ‘Kapoor&Sons’ with her rumoured boyfriend Sidharth Malhotra.