Sanjay Leela Bhansali is in the process of finalizing the cast for his next film ‘Padmavati’. After Vicky Kaushal’s exit from the project the film maker is torn between Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan to play king to Deepika Padukone’s titular character.
A source working on the project says, “Bhansali is looking for an established actor since it is a powerful role and will challenge Ranveer Singh’s anti-hero, Alauddin Khilji. There has to be some chemistry between the actor and Deepika, especially for intimate scenes. Who is better than an SRK or a Hrithik to play King Rawal Ratan Singh to beautiful Padmavati?”
Vicky, who was last seen in ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was initially in consideration, but he reportedly lost out on the opportunity.
Some believe Deepika’s reluctance to romance the three-film actor on screen led to his ouster. Bhansali then turned his focus to Hrithik and Shah Rukh with whom he has worked in the past
The filmmaker seems to be favouring the Hrithik-Deepika pairing at this stage since their on-screen chemistry is unexplored. On the other hand, Shah Rukh has shown interest in the project. Bhansali is expected to take a decision shortly as the project is scheduled to roll in September,” according to unconfirmed reports.
A few reports claim Shahid Kapoor has caught the director’s eye, but the real contest is between Shah Rukh and Hrithik alone.
Bhansali’s spokesperson, however, maintained, “There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the casting of Padmavati. This is to clarify that no names have been confirmed so far. An official announcement will be made once the cast is finalised.”
Hrithik and Shah Rukh are unavailable for comment. – CINEWS