Mumbai: If not for Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone are once again caught up in the game of one-upmanship as the two sizzlers slug it out to be in Akshay Kumar�s �Joker�.
Buzz has it that the two actresses are fighting to be a part of Shirish Kunder`s �Joker�, a co-production between Farah Khan and Shirish�s Three�s Company and Akshay`s Hari Om Productions.
Talking to a news daily, a source said, "Deepika and Katrina both think that they are doing the film without the other knowing about it. Katrina had spoken to Akshay during the shooting of Farah`s �Tees Maar Khan� and has taken it for granted that she is doing �Joker�. Deepika`s inclusion in the casting is a recent development and she suits the script better. Akki is in a dilemma and is tearing his hair out figuring out the best way to tell one of the girls to take a walk."
It seems Akshay is in a fix as he is close to both the actresses and does not want to hurt their feelings.
Meanwhile, the source added that, �Katrina was upset about reports of Akki and her having a fallout. Kat wants the world to know that she`s still very close to him."
When contacted Shirish on who will be playing the female lead �Joker�, the co-producer gave a slippery reply and said, "We are in the process of casting the female lead opposite Akshay for �Joker�. Top names are being considered. It is a performance- oriented role. Akshay and I will take the final call in a week."