Siddharth Malhotra, who wanted to team up with Kajol for his second film after We Are Family, will now make a father-daughter comedy with Rishi Kapoor.
The daughter is yet to be cast. But the buzz is that the young director wants to create cinematic history by casting Rishi's niece Kareena as his daughter.
"I did want to make my film with Kajol next. But she won't be doing any film for a year-and-a-half. So I'm making a family comedy. I've completed this other script. Rishi Kapoor plays father to a much younger girl. I'll make this family comedy before my film with Kajol," said Malhotra.
Kajol is on maternity leave, so rather than cast someone else in the role that was written specially for her, Malhotra decided to make the comedy.
He is also looking at casting his best friend Shahid Kapoor in his next film. The two have been pals since the time Shahid starred in Sooraj Barjatya's Vivah.
"I was the Associate Director of Vivah. Shahid and I have been close since then. Now we're even closer. I really value his judgement. He watched it (We Are Family) along with Sooraj Barjatya and Raju Hirani. Shahid absolutely loved my film," said the director.
We Are Family was produced by Karan Johar who is apparently so proud of his protégé that he has agreed to let Malhotra make whichever film he wants to next.
About casting Shahid in his Rishi Kapoor film, Malhotra said: "I don't want to commit myself to casting Shahid until Karan Johar reads my script. But I know one thing, I'll present Shahid like no one else."