After having had her track cut out of Bachna Ae Haseeno, Katrina Kaif has signed two films in quick succession opposite Ranbir Kapoor.
After Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, it is Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti. In this political thriller, which also stars Ajay Devgan and Manoj Bajpai, Katrina will be seen as Ranbir’s love interest.
This will be a novel experience for the two actors as Prakash Jha is known for his raw political thrillers. The director says, “I needed an actress who’d look convincing as an intelligent, modern, cultured girl of today. Katrina fit the bill perfectly.
She also looks perfectly matched with Ranbir. Not too many of the top leading ladies are compatible with Kapoor. Katrina is versatile enough to look perfectly match with Salman, Akshay and now Ranbir. Now that she has proved herself in terms of success, there’s a hunger to prove herself in roles and projects that aren’t considered her turf.”
Jha asserts that Katrina’s role won’t be a mere romantic foil to Ranbir, “She has very powerful dramatic moments in the plot.”
Vivek Oberoi was to play one of the leads in this modern-day rendering of Mahabharat set in a political dynasty akin to the Gandhis, but he opted out. He has been replaced by Arjun Rampal.
Says Prakash, “No one makes multi-starrers any more. I think Rajneeti will be the only one in the near future.”