Sriram Raghavan has been penning his next, which is an adaptation of Vikas Swarup's "The Accidental Apprentice", for quite some time. The filmmaker has expressed an interest in working with the woman of the moment -- Deepika Padukone – but was quick to add the casting is yet to be finalised.

"I have not finalised her (Deepika) yet but we would love to work with her. I have just met her and sounded her the idea. She (Deepika) is a talented actress and we would like to work with her. But till I don't finish my script I can't talk about it (casting)," he told PTI.

What's interesting to note is the director said he would be making a thriller with Saif Ali Khan soon. However, he refrained from divulging further details.

"We have a team of writers and we are working on something with Saif. It is too early to talk about it. The last film Agent Vinod that I did with him did not do that well so I owe it to him," PTI quoted him as saying.

Although the casting has to be decided on, does this indicate there could be a Deepika-Saif romance in the making? Only time will tell.

Saif and Deepika have worked together earlier and successfully delivered blockbusters. "Love Aaj Kal" (2009), "Aarakshan" (2011), "Cocktail" (2012), and "Race 2" (2013) are the films they featured in.

In other news, Saif has "Phantom" slated for a 28 August release, and Deepika will next be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Bajirao Mastani".