Director Karan Malhotra has rubbished the rumours of any such development. The industry was abuzz with the reports that the makers are contemplating to have Deepika Padukone on board, post the debacle of Kareena Kapoor’s Gori Tere Pyaar Mein!.
“Kareena is very much part of the film. It (rumours of Deepika Padukone doing the film) is not true,” Karan Malhotra is quoted as saying. The director further adds that Shuddhi is a one hero-heroine project and thus they have not approached anyone else.
The movie was announced with Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead, and Kareena is indeed the one who will romance Hrithik in the film, which is based on the theme of reincarnation.
Karan Johar, the producer, has earlier said about casting Hrithik and Kareena, “To me, it is really an important casting. But I don’t look at it as a coup. Kareena is beautiful, talented and a powerhouse performer. And Hrithik, well, what can I say? He can melt a nation just with his eyes.”
Before Kareena Kapoor was signed, rumours also suggested that Aishwarya Rai was in contention for Shuddhi.
Shuddhi is an intense love story, and will be made on a huge budget. The movie is going to be very dramatic, and Kareena Kapoor has started working on her look for the movie.
The movie was supposed to go on the floors early next year, but due to Hrithik Roshan’s health complications and medical treatment, it has been delayed.