UNDER HONEY'S HAT
Oi oi.. what is this I’m hearing now? A trade types khabru buzzed to tell me that Sonam Kapoor was also in the reckoning for the female lead in Ashutosh Gowariker’s next period saga.
Yeah, that Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se, set in pre-independence India, in which Abhishek Bachchan is playing a freedom fighter.
Apparently, Ms Kapoor was approached for the role after Asin opted out. But she didn’t take it up. And there are a couple of reasons for her refusal, says my source.
One of them is the unavailability of the dates required, since she’s committed them to her other films and Gowariker can’t postpone Bachchan’s dates.
Another cause, says my khabru, is that Sonam was skeptical about her pairing with Abhi. Kyun? Kyun ki she wasn’t sure how their reel jodi would be received after Delhi 6 had taken a drubbing at the box-office.
And that’s when Deepika Padukone was approached and finalised for the role. Really now!