Deepika Padukone is finalized for doing the female lead character in Shuddhi. Shuddhi is a dream project of Producer Karan Johar and he was constantly fluctuating in terms of choosing actors for this period flick.
But the shooting of Shuddhi won't start soon as Deepika has to complete three film projects before moving onto it. After completing Farah Khan's Happy New Year, Dippy will be shooting for Imtiaz Ali's next flick with Ranbir Kapoor and Shoojit Sircar's Piku before joining the sets of Shuddhi.
Shuddhi is a story of re-incarnation against a period backdrop. Most probably, filming of Shuddhi will take place by the end of this year.
Casting for this film landed Karan Johar in trouble for quite sometime. At first, the film is publicized as the come back of Kareena-Hrithik jodi after almost 10 years. The last time they were seen together in a film was Mein Prem Ki Diwani Hoon. As a result, Shuddhi received plenty of free publicity even before casting took place. Whenever quizzed about the casting, producer Karan never answered properly and kept the media guessing.
While Dippy is chosen as the female lead, options for the male hero are still under discussions. Earlier, it was rumoured that Ranveer Singh, Deepika's present boy friend, was chosen for the role but Karan denied it.
Karan tweeted, "Shuddhi will release on Friday the 25th of December, 2015... the lead cast will be announced shortly."