Will Kareena still be Madhur’s Heroine?

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Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming venture Heroine seems to be caught up in controversy after controversy. News has it that the movie’s lead aka Heroine, Kareena Kapoor, is having second thoughts about this alleged Marilyn Monroe-inspired saga. And it’s just not one particular reason that may be responsible for the change of mind.

Sources state that Kareena has not been happy with Bhandarkar for quite some time now. Apparently, Madhur ill-treated Lovely Singh’s father, who coincidently is Bebo’s very good friend; in fact she had even done a dance number for him in his directorial debut Kya Love Story Hai. Lovely’s father was made to wait by Madhur in spite of having an appointment and finally he refused to meet him. Things worsened when she came to know that the script included intense lovemaking scenes with 5 different actors. Previously, she had done a similar scene with Saif Ali Khan in Kurbaan, but that was only because it was her boyfriend and she has clearly mentioned that she is not comfortable doing such scenes with other co-stars. Just when it looked like things would get better after the director agreed to tone down the scenes, it seems that there are more things in the script which are not going down well with this heroine. Apparently, an important track in the movie shows her character having an affair with a married co-star with two kids. No prizes for guessing what’s making her uncomfortable. It definitely sounds quite similar to her real life love story with Saif. And these differences are now being made aware to Madhur not directly but through the dialogue writer Niranjan Iyengar (of Kurbaan, Wake Up Sid and My Name is Khan fame).

A source close to the movie said that this happens to be the major reason why Bebo is uneasy doing the film. While Niranjan says that he is unaware of the story and has only been asked to pen the dialogues, screenplay writer Manoj Tyagi said that it is Madhur’s prior commitments which have lead to the delay of the movie. Co-writer Anuraadha Tewari said, “We haven’t yet locked the script. Writers don’t get into the casting of a film, that’s strictly between the director and the actor. As far as I know, Kareena is not running away from Heroine.”

A meeting has now been set up between the two uncompromising parties. Wonder what the outcome will be!

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