Katrina and Deepika fight it out for Akshay Kumar

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010, 14:38 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: If not for Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone are once again caught up in the game of one-upmanship as the two sizzlers slug it out to be in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Joker’.

Buzz has it that the two actresses are fighting to be a part of Shirish Kunder`s ‘Joker’, a co-production between Farah Khan and Shirish’s Three’s Company and Akshay`s Hari Om Productions.

Talking to a news daily, a source said, "Deepika and Katrina both think that they are doing the film without the other knowing about it. Katrina had spoken to Akshay during the shooting of Farah`s ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and has taken it for granted that she is doing ‘Joker’. Deepika`s inclusion in the casting is a recent development and she suits the script better. Akki is in a dilemma and is tearing his hair out figuring out the best way to tell one of the girls to take a walk."

It seems Akshay is in a fix as he is close to both the actresses and does not want to hurt their feelings.

Meanwhile, the source added that, “Katrina was upset about reports of Akki and her having a fallout. Kat wants the world to know that she`s still very close to him."

When contacted Shirish on who will be playing the female lead ‘Joker’, the co-producer gave a slippery reply and said, "We are in the process of casting the female lead opposite Akshay for ‘Joker’. Top names are being considered. It is a performance- oriented role. Akshay and I will take the final call in a week."