Preity Zinta has been asked to replace the pregnant Aishwarya to star opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Raj Kumar Santoshi's rom-com Ladies and Gentlemen.
"The fact that Aishwarya and Abhishek are going to be parents is far more important than anything to do with my film. The nature of the part that she was playing no longer suits her," Raj Kumar Santoshi told Mumbai Mirror.
Preity will, reportedly, be seen playing the woman who finally captures the interest of Abhishek's casanova character.
"Abhishek's good friend Preity has been approached to fill in for Ash. And being a good friend that she is, the actress is inclined to star opposite her Jhoom Barabar Jhoom co-star. Also, rumoured as contenders are A-listers, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone," a source told the tabloid.
The director has already planned another project keeping Ash in mind. "It's a project that I've written specially for her. The role cannot be played by anyone else. I will start it as soon as she is ready."
Abhishek and Aishwarya have so far starred in eight films together.