Rajkumar Santoshi has decided to drop Shahid Kapoor from his upcoming film and has decided to take Ranbir Kapoor instead. Santoshi had announced the film with Shahid and Katrina Kaif some time back and had said that it is a romantic comedy. Sources now reveal that it was on Salman Khan’s insistence that the director has decided not to go ahead with Shahid in the lead as Salman didn’t want girlfriend Katrina to star opposite him.
The director now says that the Shahid-Katrina starrer had a story resembling that of Shahid’s Jab We Met which recently released and became a hit and, hence he was not going ahead with the project. However, a source says, “The Halla Bol director had earlier said that the film starring Shahid-Katrina would be worked on soon. The script was ready for a long time and he was working out the dates for the film. When this news broke out, Salman was shocked as he was not aware that Katrina had given her nod for this film with Shahid, with whom he doesn’t share a good equation since the Rockstar Tour in 2006.”
“Salman had asked her to leave the project and at the same time also requested Santoshi to choose a different hero if he wanted Katrina in the film. The acclaimed maker decided to take his Saawariya co-star, Ranbir Kapoor as the hero,” adds the source.