Katrina in, Deepika and Sonam out from Ranbir’s world concert

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 16:17 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: India’s latest heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor strikes off his first ever world tour extravaganza in July 2011. Dad Rishi Kapoor is busy planning son’s itinerary with utmost concern. Buzz is that Deepika and Sonam have backed out from the tour, making way for Katrina to join the troupe along with Bipasha, Priyanka and Malaika Arora. The notion of the concert is believed to present rising star Ranbir Kapoor to the international audience with aplomb.

So now with Deepika and Sonam gone, Katrina has been roped in after much persuasion. News even has it that Shahid Kapoor too has been replaced by Atif Aslam! Rishi Kapoor, the 70 per cent producer of Ranbir`s first world tour said, “Unfortunately Shahid Kapoor can`t accompany us. We`ve got Atif Aslam instead. He`s a huge draw among Asians abroad. The show will be youth-oriented.”

About Dippy’s exit, the ever forthright Rishi admitted that it was impossible to have both Deepika and Kat on board.

Speaking to a daily, he said, “Deepika wanted to come along. We didn`t want any stress behind the stage. See, as it is, Ranbir has never been on stage. We want it to go smoothly, no backstage jhik-jhik, please!"

And about Sonam, Chintu said, “She begged off saying she didn`t have a song repertoire to stand on stage with Katrina and Priyanka.”

So it`s final. Ranbir Kapoor`s world tour in July 2011 would have him sharing the stage with Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora-Khan. A fifth girl is yet to be finalised. But it won`t be Deepika Padukone or Sonam Kapoor for sure!