Bhumi Pednekar, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan
Bhumi Pednekar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali will work for the first time together. Pictured: Bhumi Pednekar, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor KhanVarinder Chawla

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's search for the leading actress in his film "Gustakhiyan" has not ended yet, but the recent buzz is that Bhumi Pednekar might star in it. Directed by Jasmeet Dodhi, "Gustakhiyan" is based on the life of writer-poet Amrita Pritam.

Earlier, it had been reported that Bhansali had approached Bollywood's leading actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor Khan for his film, but none of them responded. Now, it is said that the filmmaker is keen to cast the "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" star in his film, SpotboyE reported.

"Bhumi is new, talented and not over-exposed. She's busy with 'Manmarziyan' as of now, but she has met officials from Bhansali's team. Let's hope for the best," the web portal quoted a source as saying. Before Bhansali, the film was being produced by Ashi Dua, who was struggling to cast actors for the primary characters like poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi, writer Amrita Pritam and artist-poet Imroz.

It was earlier reported that Bhansali had finalised Priyanka as the lead actress, but it seems the diva had to reject it for her international projects. Even Deepika has not accepted the offer due to her Hollywood film.

Apart from Deepika and Priyanka, Kareena Kapoor Khan's name was also doing the rounds. It was reported that Kareena, who had turned down offers of Bhansali's "Bajirao Mastani" and "Goliyon Ki Rasleela – Ram Leela," was interested in doing the film since Deepika and Priyanka would be unable to take it up due to their international projects.

Meanwhile, fans are eagerly waiting for the lead actress to be finalised for "Gustakhiyan," while the lead actor has already been roped in. Irrfan Khan will be seen as Sahir Ludhianvi in it. However, official announcements have not been made yet.