Soon after reports that Katrina had agreed to be part of a film which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, comes news that she has opted out of the Anurag Basu film. Explaining the rationale of her decision, a close friend of the actress says, “When Katrina agreed to do Anurag Basu’s film with Ranbir, no mention was made of another heroine, and certainly not of Priyanka. However, when word about this reached her, she found the whole idea of the credit titles reading ‘Ranbir-Katrina-Priyanka’ too gimmicky. Not that she has anything against Priyanka or any other co-star.”
But the more immediate reason for Katrina could be that she has finally acquired the rights to produce the remake of a French film –she’s been after it for almost a year now and wants to immediately allot time for this pet project.
Having signed Dostana 2 and Zoya Akhtar’s next, besides Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan (for which she’s shooting at the moment), the only way she could accommodate this remake was to refuse any other projects this year.
Katrina doesn’t deny she has decided to do only solo-heroine films. “I am not saying I won’t do films with other leading ladies, but for now, I’m happy in the space I am. Why should I unnecessarily rock the boat? And yes, I am finally about to lock the deal to produce my film. It’s a fabulous role and I’ve been angling for the remake rights for quite some time. I’d like to get down to it as soon as possible.”
The remake of the French film will feature Katrina as a scheming gold-digger. She has apparently been pining to play a grey role for some time now.