Ever since it was announced, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor has been shrouded in speculation. The film, reportedly, is a modern-day version of
, Shyam Benegal’s 1977 film with Smita Patil. While Bhumika is broadly based on the memoirs of Marathi actor Hansa Wadkar, Heroine revolves around a Bollywood superstar and her relationships with the five men in her life.
Bhandarkar even prepared a three-hour documentary on Hollywood divas Eva Gardner, Vivian Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe who, along with Bollywood legends such as Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nargis, apparently serve as reference points to help Kareena get into character. But his star seems to have problems with the script.
She wants the film’s five lovemaking scenes to be edited out, a track featuring a Bollywood actor with two kids deleted because its resemblance to beau Saif Ali Khan is too uncanny to be ignored, and has insisted on ‘friendly’ co-stars to ensure a certain comfort level.
Bring up the subject and Kareena retorts, “How can I suggest changes when I have yet to see the script? Madhur still has to narrate it to me.”
Kareena, who had earlier turned down Bhandarkar’s
, asserts that she’s looking forward to working with the National Award-winning director. Quiz her on
’s December launch, and she retorts, “But Madhur is busy with another film (
Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji
) and until he finishes it and starts working on this script, we can’t shoot it, right?”
Refuting rumours that she had stomped out of the project because her director friend Lovely Singh’s father had been kept waiting by Bhandarkar for three hours, and then sent home, she insists, “I’m definitely doing Heroine, whenever Madhur starts the film.”