Is Kareena Kapoor Khan jealous of Deepika Padukone’s growing popularity?

Saif Ali Khan’s begum has said that she will no longer do a film as a favour to a friend. Now that’s a bit shocking, coz so far Bebo hasn’t minded doing roles, item songs or blink-and-miss appearances in films for the sake of dosti. Is her new resolution due to her recent films failing? Or is the Gori Tere Pyaar Mein heroine insecure of a certain Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela star?

At a recent event Kareena Kapoor Khan made it very clear that she would accept a film only on the merit of its script and nothing else. Even if the film was being made by a friend, she would not oblige. She stated, “For me, 2014 is all about being happy and content, spending time with my husband, as well as saying no to friends (for acting in movies). This is something that I haven’t done in the past.” Her last film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (GTPM) was a big dud – she did it for jigri dost Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions backed it, and let go of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela just to be part of the Imran Khan starrer. Though Kareena inists that she doesn’t regret not doing SLB’s desi version of the Romeo and Juliet story, it sounds like the B-town beauty has done some rethinking, hai na? But is KKK aiming her ‘no films for friends’ stand specifically at Karan? After all, the producer-director-now actor recently said that Deepika Padukone – who took over the Ram-Leela role and aced it – was his favourite heroine now, remember?

Another reason wethinks KKK is pointing fingers at KJo is that Saif Ali Khan’s begum is now unsure about acting in Karan’s ambitious venture, Shuddhi. She said a few days ago, “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 Roshan is busy doing a movie titled Bang Bang. Whenever the movie goes on the floors, I will decide whether to do it.” That’s strange, coz Bebo was supposed to be gung-ho about the project and even agreed to act alongside Hrithik after ages. Remember how the Yaadein co-stars were linked romantically once upon a time and the story goes that when now-estranged wife Sussanne Khan objected, Hrithik refused to work with Kareena again? So if the Talaash actor was ready to share screen space with Duggu and was enthusiastic about the film, what went wrong… and so suddenly?

Maybe Kareena’s dosti with Karan has indeed gone kaput and hence the back-out. But is Ms Padukone the bone of contention or is there more to this story? Reports of DP replacing Saif’s biwi in Shuddhi have been doing the rounds, and the gossip world has also been whispering about how the Koffee with Karan host is eager to sign the Ram-Leela actor on for three films. Will Shuddhi be one of them?

Whether Kareena is angry with Karan Johar or insecure about her new rival, we dunno. But her new funda can only help her filmi career, especially if she gets more selective about her work. Will we soon hear a denial of the Kareena-Karan rift? We hope so!