Shahid Kapoor in, Kareena Kapoor out?

Buzz is that Shahid Kapoor will play the second male lead in the sequel of ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai’ while Kareena Kapoor is no more a part of the project.

The only casting certain about Ekta Kapoor’s sequel to Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai is Akshay Kumar. While other members of the cast have to be finalized, there is a strong buzz that Kareena Kapoor who has earlier touted to be the female lead of the film will no longer be a part of the project. And Kareena Kapoor’s ex-love Shahid Kapoor might just join the cast as the second male lead.

However Kareena’s exit has got nothing to do with Shahid Kapoor being considered for the film. A source close to the film reveals, ” Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2 is not a solo-hero project but has two male leads like the first part. While Akshay Kumar is confirmed to play the character loosely modeled on the lines of underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim, there is a second male lead who challenges Akshay in the film”. Names like Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh were being considered for the part though there’s more probability of the former signing the dotted lines.

For the female lead however, Kareena Kapoor’s name never surfaced after the initial hoopla. “Also there are two female leads in the film”, adds the source but Bebo’s chance of being any one of them seems bleak. Director Milan Luthria has also put speculations to rest that he is casting his Dirty Picture heroine Vidya Balan as the second female lead citing the reason that the character doesn’t suit her.

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