Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar
Deepika Padukone, Farhan AkhtarVarinder Chawla

Deepika Padukone, who is busy filming for her maiden Hollywood project "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage," hasn't signed any projects back home, but word has it she is being considered for a few important projects. And one of them happens to be Bejoy Nambiar's dream project, which is to be led and funded by Farhan Akhtar.

"Bejoy had written the script years ago but the film is taking shape only now. It's his dream project. The initial plan was to start this before the Agni Natchathiram remake but the team is yet to zero in on the female lead. Deepika Padukone is among the actresses who have been approached," a source told the Mumbai Mirror.

But there's still time before the film rolls. Apparently, the team is waiting for Deepika to return and also Farhan has to free himself from prior work commitments. "Meanwhile, Farhan is set to head to the US to shoot for Nisha Pahuja's upcoming documentary on the girl child so it'll be a while before Bejoy's film goes on the floors," the insider added.

Farhan and Deepika were last seen in 2010 drama-thriller "Karthik Calling Karthik," the songs of which had become quite a rage. "Hey Ya!" and "Uff Teri Adaa" were given chartbuster status.

This apart, reports suggest Deepika could star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period film "Padmavati." Ranveer Singh is in talks too. If she agrees to come on board, it will be the couple's third film together after "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela" and "Bajirao Mastani."

There were rumours that she would be seen romancing Salman Khan in Kabir Khan's next "Tubelight." But the filmmaker has denied the reports saying he hasn't even spoken to the leading lady about the project. Apparently, the team is looking at signing on a Chinese actress.

Also, Deepika, before leaving for Toronto, said she is interested in playing Saina Nehwal on the silver screen. The sports star said she would be glad if the actress essayed her on celluloid.