Kareena Kapoor Khan – Will the real life begum become royal onscreen?

Her marriage to the Nawab of Pataudi was the talk of the town last year; and now she could use the experience in a new Tigmanshu Dhulia film

When Kareena Kapoor became Begum of Pataudi, it made headlines. And now news of her reprising that role in reel life is garnering just as much publicity. The story is that Mrs Khan will soon play a version of herself – she has replaced Rani Mukerji in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next, based on the dramatic history of Begum Samru. Tigmanshu said some time ago, “The film is set in the 1840s and will be based on a Hindi novel. The story is a different take on Umrao Jaan. The lead actress will be a begum, not a nautch girl. The begum woos four men before falling in love with one of them and that’s where the trouble begins.” Interestingly, this role was tailor made for Rani; in fact, the filmmaker wrote the script keeping the Black actor in mind. However, the project was first delayed due to its extensive production work, and later the director decided to go ahead with two other films, both featuring Bebo’s husband Saif Ali Khan – Bullet Raja and Revolver Rani. Now with Ms Mukerji backing out of the film citing date issues, we are not really surprised that Kareena Kapoor Khan was offered the role. After all, what better than to have a real life begum play the part!

Also, considering the great rapport that Tigmanshu shares with Saif, we are sure it would have been fairly easy to get KKK on board, never mind that the biwi-miyaan insist that their work is independent of their life together. Now while Kareena’s spokesperson says that the actor will give this project a dekho only once she returns from her holiday with Saif in London and her big birthday bash, we are left wondering why Rani turned it down.

After all, Rani doesn’t have many films in her kitty right now. So is the actor so busy helping alleged beau Aditya Chopra with running Yash Raj Films? Or is the much rumoured shaadi with Adi is what keeping her so occupied? Watch this space for more on that. Meanwhile, we think that Rani should take a cue from Kareena – remember how Bebo wrapped up all her work commitments just in time for her big day? As for Bebo, who earlier refused this film because of its lovemaking scenes, will she make an exception for this one? Only the begum herself can answer that one!