Preity replaces Aishwarya in ‘Ladies and Gentleman’?

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2011, 21:05 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: After starring in almost eight films, Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai won’t be seen together in their ninth project - Raj Kumar Santoshi’s rom-com ‘Ladies and Gentleman’ as the actress is pregnant with their first baby.

Apparently, with the film going on floors in July 2011, Santoshi is in a fix. The director is frantically looking for Aishwarya’s replacement.

``Talking to a daily, Santoshi said, “The fact that Aishwarya and Abhishek are going to be parents is far more important than anything to do with my film. The nature of the part that she was playing no longer suits her.”

He chose not to speak when asked who replaced Aishwarya Rai in the film. Buzz has it that Abhishek Bachchan’s close friend Preity Zinta has been approached to play Aishwarya’s role in ‘Ladies and Gentleman.’

“It`s a project that I`ve written specially for her (Aishwarya Rai). The role cannot be played by anyone else. I will start it as soon as she is ready,” added the director.