Remember Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)? The film went on to become one of Ash’s biggest hits but not many know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to rope in a very young Kareena Kapoor for the role. Things didn’t work out then, but now Bebo is elated to team up with Bhansali in his new film, Ram Leela, opposite Ranveer Singh.
“He (Bhansali) and I have wanted to work together for a long time now. And yes, he had offered me Hum Dil De… but at that time I was too young. Plus, I was also going abroad for higher studies. So I couldn’t take up that offer. Then Bajirao Mastani came up, but unfortunately that also didn’t work out. But look at my luck, eventually I had to be the Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine,” says Bebo.
Kareena, who is busy shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, says she is excited about Ram Leela for various reasons. “For an actor, such films are landmarks. I am looking forward to working with Ranveer too. He was fantastic in Band Baaja Baarat,” she says. It’s interesting to note that Bebo was also the first choice for Heroine before it went to Aishwarya and then finally came back to her.
These days Bebo is in the news for her October 16 wedding plans. In fact, she was bombarded with queries at a recent press conference. “But I won’t talk about it at all. Otherwise, I like press conferences because journalists come up with interesting questions. But I answer only those questions that interest me,” she says with a smile.
Lately, Bebo made news about a possible Zoya Akhtar film with cousin Ranbir Kapoor. “I love Zoya. She is a fantastic director. We have talked about certain subjects but nothing is confirmed right now. I share a great rapport with her,” says Bebo.