Ileana meets Shankar

Shankar is all set to start his Raju Hirani’s 3 Idiots remake in Tamil and Telugu.
The film has Vijay in Tamil and Mahesh Babu in Telugu doing Aamir Khan’s role, while Ileana will be doing Kareena’s role in both the versions.

The shoot of the bi-lingual will start in Chennai from December 6.

The trouble is Shankar is running around in circles looking for actors to play the other “two idiots”. He has more or less firmed up on Jiiva, who will do the role done by Madhavan in the original.

Sathyaraj has been signed up to play the role done by Bomman Irani in the original.

For Sharman Joshy’s character he first approached Siddharth, who refused to do it. The grapevine has it that Shankar and Siddharth are not best of friends after Boys fiasco.

The director later approached Arya, who excused himself saying he has no dates. Now the latest we hear is that Srikanth is the frontrunner as Shankar rejected Ganesh Venkatram and Nakul who were in the race.

Meanwhile last Tuesday, Ileana flew down to Chennai to meet up with Shankar. She is being paid Rs 1.50 Crore to do both the versions, by the producers Gemini Film Circuit. Shankar explained to her in detail her role and how crucial she is to the film.

Ileana is said to have been very impressed by the director’s narration and the way her character is etched.

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