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Kareena agrees to be Madhur's Heroine

Out goes Aishwarya Rai, in comes Kareena Kapoor. The 30-year-old actor will play the lead in Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, but only if the script is changed to suit her...
By HT Correspondent | None, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2011 03:20 PM IST

Madhur Bhandarkar can finally breathe a sigh of relief. After throwing a hissing fit over his dream project getting shelved because of Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan's pregnancy, Madhur is set to roll again with his new heroine, Kareena Kapoor.

The 30-year-old actor has agreed to step into the shoes of the Bachchan mother-to-be, but not so fast.

Kareena wants the intense lovemaking scenes with Arjun Rampal and Arunoday Singh to be toned down. She okayed the scenes showing her doing drugs, drinking and smoking, after some initial hesitation.

"Kareena has consented to the snorting, drinking and smoking scenes. Earlier, she had strong reservations against them. Now, she just doesn't want to do the explicit lovemaking scenes with Arjun Rampal and Sudhir Mishra's discovery Arunoday Singh. Those scenes are extremely sexy and Kareena is just not comfortable doing them," Mumbai Mirror qoutes a source.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO of UTV and the film's writer, Niranjan Iyengar, flew down to Hyderabad to meet Kareena and convince her. She was visiting boyfriend Saif Ali Khan, who is shooting for his next there.

The meeting went well and Kareena gave the nod, with some conditions.

The next step to get Heroine on the floor would be to convince none other than, Madhur. It's unclear how willing the director would be to change his beloved script, though Kareena was his first choice for the film.

No one - Siddharth, Madhur or Kareena, it seems, was available for comment.

Neither distance nor work can keep hearts apart for long.

Siddharth used the trip to Hyderabad to pay his lady love, Vidya Balan, a visit too. Vidya is shooting for Ekta Kapoor's Dirty Picture in the city.

Finally! All's well that ends well. Or is it too soon to say...

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