Denying rumours of having cast Deepika Padukone for his upcoming project, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said that he never approached the actress to star in any of his ventures.
Recently, rumours were doing the rounds that Bhandarkar was to take off with a project titled "Calendar Girl", the plot of which revolved around the life of a supermodel. It was also said that he had approached model-turned-actress Deepika to play the lead cast in the film.
As the rumours gained traction, the filmmaker took to Twitter and brushed off the reports saying, "Just to set the record straight I am NOT making any film called 'Calendar Girl'. So there's no question of approaching any actor or actress."
The National Award winning director added that he is currently in the scripting stage of his next film and is yet to decide on the cast. "Currently I am busy scripting my next film. Casting will come later. When the time is right, I'll make an official announcement," he said.
Bhandarkar's last release was "Heroine" starring Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda in lead roles. The film did quite well at the domestic box office.
The rumours of Deepika being cast in Bhandarkar's next film comes at a time when the 27-year-old actress is being flooded with offers post the success of "Race 2" and "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" both of which made to the elite ₹100 crore club. Her other films due to release this year are "Chennai Express" opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhasali's "Ram Leela" with Ranveer Singh.
Deepika's south Indian character and dialogues in "Chennai Express" have already grabbed much attention. The action comedy is among the most anticipated films of 2013 and is expected to cross the ₹100 crore mark.