Kareena Kapoor had landed a dream role, though it’s not with her anymore, thanks to cousin Ranbir Kapoor. The actress had apparently been cast to play Madhubala in the Kishore Kumar biopic. But now since Ranbir is playing the singer-actor-filmmaker, the two cannot be paired romantically. Now, the producers, UTV, and the director, Anurag Basu have begun to brainstorm over who to cast opposite RK.
According to a source in the production house, UTV had considered Kareena when Shoojit Sircar was expected to direct the movie. The company, that shares a great rapport with Aamir Khan who played the lead in their blockbuster, Rang De Basanti, had initiated talks with Khan on the biopic about two years ago.
Apparently, Khan and Sircar did not agree on certain elements and then the UTV head honchos headed to Mannat to initiate talks with Shah Rukh Khan. But things didn’t work out with this Khan either and Sircar also opted out. Buzz then was Imtiaz Ali would anchor the biopic. Finally, Anurag Basu took over.
“UTV decided to wait till they had confirmed the actor to play Kishore Kumar before approaching Kareena for Madhubala’s role. But before initiating talks with the Khans, UTV had told Kishore Kumar’s wife, Leena Chandavarkar, that they had Kareena in mind,” says a source, adding that Kareena topped their wish list even after Sircar ceased to be a part of the project. “They weren’t sure if Ranbir would agree. But once he gave the nod, Kareena was out.”
It remains to be seen who steps into Madhubala’s shoes as the biopic changes hands. Interestingly, writer Soumik Sen is the only one to be associated with the project since its inception.