When Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were snapped at filmmaker Luv Ranjan’s residence earlier this year, reports of the former flames reuniting on a project started making the rounds. The Piku star found herself embroiled in severe backlash soon after as netizens attacked her for signing a project being helmed by a director accused of alleged sexual harassment. When criticism against her took social media by storm, the hashtag #NotMyDeepika started trending on Twitter like no other. The B-town starlet then clarified that she is not working with Luv, claiming she would not work with any artist who had been called out on grounds of sexual abuse. Other reports claimed that Deepika did not settle for the amount she was being offered for the film.
Now, with Deepika ruled out as the lead, the gossip mill suggests Shraddha Kapoor will be taking over the role. Talking to a leading Indian portal, an insider said, “Shraddha is in talks with Luv and makers are reportedly keen to have on board. She has not worked with Ranbir and Ajay before so the project got her really excited. She even met Ajay to discuss the film. If all works out well, they will make an official announcement soon.”
Other than this, Shraddha Kapoor’s latest release Saaho has become the biggest hit of her career. The film featured her opposite Prabhas and also marked her debut in the Telugu film industry. Ranbir, on the other hand, has been busy with Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra alongside his girlfriend and actor Alia Bhatt. It would be quite interesting to see Shraddha sharing screen space with Ranbir in the yet-to-be-titled project. On another note, Deepika is currently busy shooting for ’83 opposite husband and actor Ranveer Singh. She will be reprising her real-life role on the reel, playing Ranveer’s wife in the film too.