Aishwarya Rai in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s light eyed beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has finally pipped Katrina Kaif and won the lead role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’.

It is believed that Madhur has already met Aishwarya along with his UTV producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Buzz has it that Aishwarya loved the subject and the rest of the modalities are being worked out.

Apparently, after Kareena Kapoor refused to do the film, Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were the top two contenders for the lead role in the film.

Talking to a daily, a source said, “Madhur Bhandarkar is known for his realistic cinema and has been fairly successful at that. He had finalised Kareena Kapoor for the lead role of ‘Heroine’ however Kareena had some reservations about the love making scenes and she opted out of the film. Ever since there has been speculations that who will star in the film.

Recently there were talks that Madhur is speaking to both Katrina and Aishwarya Rai for the film but it is Aishwarya Rai who was always on the director`s mind. Madhur has also reworked on the script to suit Aishwarya Rai as it has been a long unfulfilled dream of Madhur to work with her. The meeting happened last evening and the deal has more or less been sealed. The finances have to be worked out with UTV who are co-producing the film with Madhur.”

When contacted Madhur, the director sounded a bit relaxed as he said, “Nothing is finalised. I have taken a break after ‘Dil To Baccha Hai Ji’ as I need some time off.”

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