Many recent reports claimed that Deepika Padukone has finally bagged the role of Salman Khan's leading lady in Kabir Khan's Tubelight. But none of them are true. According to recent reports, Deepika has already signed Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati and we all know that Sanjay needs full dedication of his actors towards his films.
A source revealed to Bollywoodlife, "Deepika has already assigned her dates to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati and it is highly likely that the actress can manage another film considering how particular SLB is about his stars dedication towards his projects."
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Another source revealed, ''Kabir Khans team has already finalised their female lead and it's not Deepika Padukone. A Chinese actress will be debuting opposite Salman in this film.''
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Reportedly, Kabir Khan wanted Deepika Padukone to play the female lead in Tubelight initially. But Deepika wanted Kabir Khan to make some changes in the script. Rumour has it that ,she even told Kabir that she does not want to be an eye candy in the film and wants an equally powerful role as Salman's.
Tubelight is a period film on the backdrop of on the Indo-Chinese war. A source told a leading daily, ''The film is based at the backdrop of the Sino-Indian war of 1962, where a disputed Himalayan border served as the main pretext for the war. It isn't a political saga. It's more a human drama."
"As for the heroine, her role isn't that meaty, but there will be a leading lady in the film whose role will be impactful. Kabir is in talks with someone and mostly it will work out. It's an offbeat casting, something that people won't predict. They will announce the heroine much later because the first schedule won't require her anyway," the source said.