Sanjay Leela Bhansali is busy with the pre-production of his ambitious project “Heera Mandi” which is based on the red light district of the walled old city of Lucknow. The very theme itself has sent some shock waves in Bollywood but the trade circles had shown keen interest because the film would be a hot product at the box office.
The buzz now is that Bhansali is keen to sign up Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles of the film.There were rumours that the director wanted Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherjee and Sonam Kapoor initially.
The director is reported to have auditioned some actors from Pakistan also for the film. Since this is a female oriented film, no big names may figure in the male leads, but sources say that some Bollywood male celebs will be roped in to play interesting cameos.