Karishma Kotak to star opposite Salman Khan in Sohail Khan’s next?

Mumbai: Rumours are rife that model Karishma Kotak, lately seen in TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss 6’, has wangled a prized lead opposite Salman Khan in his brother Sohail Khan`s next production to go on the floors. But Sohail has denied the rumours.

"I am quite fed up of the rumours. First the media gives my film titles like `Sher Khan`, then `Radhe`, then `Mental`. Now they`ve even given me a leading lady. There are so many rumours about my film, I`ve given up!" said Sohail.

He said the Karishma conection to his film is completely baseless, and added: "I have shortlisted a few leading ladies. I`ll announce the (name of the) girl next week.

Karishma is a half-British, half-Indian a la popular actress Katrina Kaif.

"Perhaps people close to her feel the British-Indian mix of Katrina would work in Karishna Kotak`s favour. We don`t know what she thinks or where the story of being signed for Sohail`s film opposite Salman came from. But the truth is, there`s no truth to it," says a close friend of Salman`s.

In fact at the moment, Sohail`s home production is pushed ahead by a bit. Salman`s dates in 2013 are being worked out for Sohail`s film, Boney Kapoor`s "No Entry Mein Entry" and Sajid Nadiadwala`s "Kick". Leading ladies for all three are on the verge of being locked in.

But Kotak is said to be no where in consideration.

To go back a bit, Salman, who hosts "Bigg Boss", was seen to be a little extra kind towards the "soft-and-gentle" Karishma.

"That`s it? That got rumours of her signing his next film going?"

Incidentally, Kingfisher model Angela Jonsson was the first choice for Sohail`s film with Salman. She too is apparently not in the reckoning any more.