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Friday, October 1, 2010

Casting Battle: Priyanka Vs. Kareena For Gandhi Biopic!


It's gonna be a starry upmanship for political power. On screen, that is. Word has it that the international biopic 'Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story' was earlier slated to be lavished upon Priyanka Chopra, with the National Award winning actress in the eponymous seat.

However, matters have taken a new course… and Kareena Kapoor is now being sought after as the ideal star to enact Indira Gandhi!

Reportedly, the Hollywood makers had almost zeroed in on PC, though topline Hollywood make up artistes Jenny Shircore and Greg Cannom are divided on the opinion of lead casting.

While Shircore who pencilled in an Oscar for her outstanding work in 'Elizabeth' felt that PC was the only heroine who could enact Mrs. Gandhi on screen, since she had the perfect face to play the character, Cannom feels differently.

Cannom, who gained laurels for his craft in 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button', has tilted the balance in favour of Bebo, as he feels that she suits the part better.

Apparently, Hollywood writer and director Krishna Shah has been roped in to solve the casting dilemma.

States Shah in a tabloid quote, "In a biopic, the most important part is the casting. Can you imagine 'Gandhi' without Ben Kingsley?"

Refuting claims that KK will have to endure the extensive rigours of prosthetic make up, a la' Amitabh Bachchan in 'Paa' and Shah Rukh Khan in 'Ra.One,' Shah opines, "Kareena has a strong jaw and deep eyes and the time taken for her prosthetic make up will not be taxing. Indira Gandhi at 20 will take about an hour; at 50 close to two hours and at 67, about three hours because of the advancement in the art of make up."

Guess, PC and KK can gear up for a... face off!