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Aishwarya or Deepika may star in Shah Rukh Khan’s Salute

Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan has been in the news off late as his upcoming film ‘Zero’, helmed by Aanand L Rai and co-starring Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the lead, has been making all the right noises ahead of its December release.

Now, latest reports suggest that Shah Rukh has been roped in to play the lead in Rakesh Sharma’s biopic titled Salute.

However, while the actor has already begun preparatory work for the film, the female lead had yet to be finalized. Now, we hear that the makers of the film have shortlisted two actresses in the final run-up. The two actresses who are equally big in their own right we hear are none other than Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone.

King Khan has reportedly decided to commence the shoot in September 2018 in order to film some portions before he kick-starts promotions for Zero. It was only a while back that SRK stated that he hadn’t signed any film apart from Zero. This makes us wonder if we will hear an official announcement any time soon.

Commenting on the same, a source close to the film Salute informs us, “The makers of Salute have been on the lookout for the lead actress for some time now and have finally narrowed it down to just two names viz. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.”

Continuing further the source adds, “Though as of now it is just these two names, a final decision will be taken soon and an official announcement of the same will be made via the known media networks. However, till then everyone will have to await the final credit list of the film.”

Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan who is currently busy with his Aanand L Rai film Zero is looking to start filming Salute in September this year.

The reason behind locking a September date for starting the film is so that Shah Rukh can commence work on Salute and take a break to promote Zero.

As of now an official announcement on the female lead for Salute is awaited.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat