Aishwarya and Katrina fight it out for Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: It’s a battle Salman Khan’s ex-girlfriends as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif are two top contenders to play Marilyn Monroe in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’.

Not long ago, Bollywood was abuzz with rumours that UTV, the producer of the film, was keen on Aishwarya to play the lead role in the film. However, to make the things more interesting, the producers have now decided to include Katrina Kaif in the fray.

Talking to a daily, a source said, “‘Heroine’ is now a toss-up between Aishwarya and Katrina. The film will go on floors as soon as either of them is finalized. The rest of the cast is not going to be too difficult to put together.”

Apparently, Madhur Bhandarkar had decided to shelve the film when his first choice, Kareena Kapoor, backed out at last minute. “Yes, he had put it off. In fact, he was very, very disappointed that Kareena could not come to terms with the role,” said the source.

However, with the current development in ‘Heroine’, the source added, “Everything is okay. Both Aishwarya and Katrina are fine actresses. Both can do ample justice to the role, which requires a lot of style and character as well. Bhandarkar and UTV took a joint decision to revive the project and short-list Aishwarya and Katrina as the options for the lead role. The decision was taken as the film’s script is extremely hard-hitting and such a story is just waiting to be told.”

Meanwhile, a source close to Madhur Bhandarkar said, “After the moderate success of ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’, he is considering venturing into other genres like comedy and action as well. He is also keen to revive Heroine with UTV but he is yet to give them a green signal.”