Deepika Padukone, most wanted in Bollywood for delivering four back-to-back blockbusters and scooping a slew of Best Actress awards, was rumoured to have been cast as actor Salman Khan's heroine some time ago.
Salman Khan, reuniting with his Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain director Sooraj Barjatya for 2015's Bade Bhaiya, laughed off this rumour saying that for him to star with Deepika, she'd have to be re-launched - a reference to his recent habit of making films with debutantes like Dabangg's Sonakshi Sinha and Jai Ho's Daisy Shah.
However, might it be Deepika who has no time for Salman, rather than the other way round? While The Dimpled One has gone on record to say she'd love to work with Alpha Khan, she's signed up Rockstar director Imtiaz Ali's next film opposite ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor with who she delivered the smash hit Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.
So, what with shooting for Happy New Year opposite Salman's frenemy Shah Rukh and prepping for her new film with Ranbir, Deepika has zero dates for Salman.
That's Deepika crossed off Salman's list of possible heroines. Will he repeat a heroine now?