MUMBAI: Ranbir Kapoor has some serious competition with Ali Zafar of late! Mira Nair is busy casting for her forthcoming film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ which is an adaptation of Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel by the same name. Shahid Kapoor who was initially approached for the role couldn’t be a part of the project because of lack of dates. Ranbir Kapoor was then approached and he happily auditioned for the film.
Mira Nair revealed in an interview with a TV channel, “Ranbir was very professional. He didn’t mind giving a screen test! There are 3 Pakistani actors who are strong contenders too but Ranbir has my love.”Post Ranbir, Pakistani singer turned actor Ali Zafar has been auditioned for the same role and considering his popularity post ‘Tere Bin Laden’, the youngster seems the hot new favourite!Zafar has already been signed by the Yash Raj Productions for a film with Katrina Kaif and if he gets this role the boy is bound to emerge bigger in the film market.Since the film will be shot in Pakistan, Zafar seems to have an edge over Ranbir. We are waiting for the verdict! – PT