Finally Madhur Bhandarkar’s quest of leading lady for his highly anticipated project, ‘Heroine’ is over. Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has agreed to take on the lead role. Although there hasn’t been an official confirmation, Ash said that an announcement regarding the film would be made at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a washed-up actress who’s trying to recapture her former glory. Strangely enough, Aishwarya was originally hesitant to take the role. Bhandarkar confirms the report saying, “I am really happy that finally everything is set, I have structured the script keeping Ash in mind. It is one film that every actor would to do, and I am glad Ash agreed to do it. And we will start shooting next month”, says the 42 year old filmmaker.
It’s public knowledge that Kareena Kapoor was Bhandarkar’s first choice for the lead. But, when Kareena dropped out because of artistic differences over the script, Madhur immediately asked Ash if she was interested in the role. Madhur said about casting Bebo, “I feel it is jinxed for me to think Kareena doing any films as due to some or the other reason, it never materializes. She was my first choice for ‘Page 3’ and ‘Fashion’ but even that never happened”. Allegedly, Ash was a little apprehensive to take the part, as she was worried about some of the film’s racier scenes. Madhur reworked the script, and the rest is history.
Don’t know whether the replacement is good or not, only time will say.