Shraddha Kapoor may be playing the lead opposite Arjun Kapoor in Half Girlfriend.
But in Chetan Bhagat's next film adaptation, it is Kangana Ranaut who could be cast in the lead role.
One Indian Girl, Bhagat's new novel, is the first of his works to be written from the point of view of a female protagonist. It is being termed the bestselling writer's first attempt at writing feminist fiction.
It is therefore understandable that Kangana — who, as recent reports have said, is only taking on strong, author-backed roles, and projects where she has equal screen time as her male counterparts — has expressed interest in the project.
Mumbai Mirror reported on Monday, 12 September, that Kangana called up Chetan Bhagat after reading One Indian Girl and told him that she wanted to play the lead whenever the book was made into a film.
Bhagat was quoted by the tabloid as saying, "Kangana is an icon, one of the finest actresses today. Stories and scripts mean a lot to her. She is known for her take on feminism and honest opinions, and for her to praise my book and want to do the film is a huge compliment. I am really thankful to her for joining me."
Incidentally, Kangana will also be launching One Indian Girl alongside Bhagat, when it is formally released on 1 October.
Kangana's next film is Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, after which she will take off for the US to shoot for Hansal Mehta's Simran.
As per reports, Kangana will start working on One Indian Girl's film adaptation by the end of 2017.