Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif – Who can replace Kareena Kapoor Khan in Shuddhi? Vote!

Karan Johar said recently that the cast of the film could be changed since it has been postponed. So will Hrithik Roshan still be the leading man? And who will play the part of the heroine? You tell us!

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karan Johar have confirmed in their own ways that there will be a change in the cast of the long-delayed Shuddhi. And since then we have been wondering who could step into the very sexy stilettos of Begum Kapoor-Khan. There are many could take the Jab We Met star’s place in KJo’s haute list. We’re sure that everyone and their cousin will speculate endlessly about this; but we give you a chance to decide your favourite for that top spot.While both Johar and Karan Malhotra – the director of Shuddhi – did announce that Kareena was very much part of their ambitious project that would bring her together with Hrithik Roshan after ten years, KJo’s recent statement to the media hinted at a change. He said, “Shuddhi may take six months, even a year to go on the floors. We are still working on the schedule. Hrithik Roshan’s health issues, which lead to Bang Bang being pushed forward has had its share of repercussions. Shuddhi stands indefinitely delayed and right now I don’t know where it is going. I can’t expect an actress to wait indefinitely. I feel terrible for Bebo, who is a special friend, the sibling I never had.”

Kareena was defensive when asked to comment on reports of her being replaced. She said, “I don’t know when it will happen. Since one and half years, it has got postponed. I haven’t met Karan Johar and Hrithik is busy doing a movie titled Bang Bang. Whenever the movie goes to the floors, I will decide whether to do it.”

Assuming that KKK will move on to other things and not be part of Shuddhi, a new heroine would have to be found for Hrithik – if he is still part of the film, of course. You tell us who that leading lady could be….

Deepika Padukone: Kareena once said that the Race 2 babe should thank her for the success of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, because she had turned down Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who replaces her with Deepika. The Cocktail gal could have easily have retorted by mentioning the fate of Bebo’s long list of flops from Gori Tere Pyar Mein and Satyagraha to Talaash and Heroine. Instead, Ms Padukone said that KJo’s favourite (read: once favourite) heroine should do charity as an alternate profession. Not a great comeback, but at the rate the Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani babe is climbing the success ladder, we would not be surprised to see her step into the No. 1 spot – once Kareena’s. So will she take Shuddhi from KKK?

Katrina Kaif: While Kareena might be fond of Kat as potential sister-in-law, rumours suggest that Hrithik chose Katrina (Bang Bang) over Kareena (Shuddhi) while allotting dates for his shoots after his brain surgery and recovery. The result: a delay in Shuddhi and the subsequent possible ouster of the Begum from the film. We also hear that the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara actors don’t just look good together and share great chemistry, but are extremely fond of each other too, which could be another reason that Ms Kaif won over Mrs Khan in the scheduling battle. With Salman Khan not likely to offer her too many roles as his heroine, we’re sure Kat wouldn’t mind romancing the sexy Krrish actor onscreen.

Priyanka Chopra: The dosti between Roshan Jr and PeeCee dates back to Krrish 2 – it showed loud and clear on Koffee with Karan season 2 and she has been a constant in his superhero series. And when Priyanka and HR came together with Karan Malhotra in Agneepath, they rocked the box office. We’re sure that the Dharma Productions camp will seriously consider the hit pair for Shuddhi, if it ever takes off.

Alia Bhatt: She is the new Kareena Kapoor in B-town. At least, that’s what Karan Johar has been saying lately. Having debuted in KJo’s Student Of The Year and followed that up with another film from Dharma Productions, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya opposite her debut co-star Varun Dhawan, Ms Bhatt’s next film with Imtiaz Ali, Highway shows a lot of promise. Perhaps if she proves her mettle as an actor, Karan might really have his new Bebo. In that case, Alia could be the obvious – and younger – replacement for Kareena in Shuddhi, hai na?

Parineeti Chopra: Her latest movie with Dharma Productions (Hasee Toh Phasee) has just been released and is garnering very good reviews, especially for Pari’s performance. If the film does well and the Jr Chopra babe’s acting impresses the powers that be, she might just bag another plum role. And Shuddhi opposite Hrithik Roshan will definitely add luster to her filmi resume.

Okay, so now you tell us, BollywoodLifers – who could replace Kareena Kapoor Khan in Shuddhi? Vote now!