No Bachchans for Mani?

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, July 2 -- Morning my malai mushroom tikkas! How goes the Friday morning for you? I've been up since the crack of dawn to do some kasratbaazi in my private gym, it's been a long time since I did some workout.

Anyway, I'm off to my chahita Aamir Khan's place, for he's showing me a sneak dekko of his forthcoming movie, Peepli Live, this afternoon. For now, read on to know what everyone in tinsel town is gupshupping about.

A jasoos from Juhu has dropped in to tell me that Mani Ratnam might not work with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai... at least not so soon again. Reason: Amitabh Bachchan's vishesh tipni on Raavan hasn't gone down well with the movie's director.

Aur pata hai kya? Mani sir, who's in the process of casting for his next production venture, for which Ranbir Kapoor is reportedly confirmed, apparently had second thoughts about talking to Abhi about it. My informer claims that's the reason the filmmaker approached Imran Khan.

If you ask me, the combo of Ranbir and Imran does sound interesting in a Ratnam production. More so since Kapoor is on a roll at the box-office and Khan's I Hate Luv Storys has generated a lot of positive buzz. Now, it only remains to be seen whether Ranbir and Imran approve of the subject and their roles in the storyline. Until then, my khabru is keeping his fingers crossed. Tsk tsk.