Last year, speculations were rife over who would bag the lead in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s next production, Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Now that Sharman Joshi is all set to start shooting under the direction of debutant Rajesh Mapuskar, Hirani’s erstwhile assistant, the question is who will play his leading lady. It is learnt that the filmmakers are considering either Kareena Kapoor or Katrina Kaif to play the lead.
Interestingly, the female lead’s role was completely absent in the film’s initial drafts. Hirani introduced the role when he took over the scripting of the movie. “Raju was in the process of scripting his next when Vinod asked him to write Ferrari Ki Sawaari. While writing this film, he came up with Joshi’s wife’s character, which is pivotal to the storyline,” reveals a source.
Mapuskar suggested casting Kaif as the wife whose character features in the flashback sequence, in black-and-white. “Rajesh is keen on Katrina as he feels she will look like the leading ladies in the era of black-and-white cinema,” explains the source. On the other hand, Hirani and Chopra were considering Kapoor as she has done a scene in 3 Idiots with R Madhavan and Joshi, who unite her with their long-lost friend Rancho, played by Aamir Khan.
Kapoor declined to comment saying she hasn’t yet been approached for the role. “I had a wonderful time working in 3 Idiots. And apart from Aamir, Raju and Vinod, I also got along fabulously with Sharman and Madhavan,” she adds. Chopra says that it is still too early to know who will be cast as Joshi’s wife in the movie. “We have already seen Sharman and Kareena in 3 Idiots and everyone loved them in the movie. In another few days, we’ll take the final call on the casting for this role,” he says.