Paani, being Shekhar Kapur's dream of creating a magnum opus, was sheveled by Yash Raj Films (YRF) back in 2015. However if insider reports are to believed, its being considered for filming again.
Sushant Singh Rajput was the initial choice as the lead for Paani but after the posters of Padmavati came out with Ranbir coming off as fierce and imperious, he became a strong contender for the part. However, we can't seem to take it as a final choice because many actors have been considered for it.
According to a leading daily, Paani was firts bagged by Hrithik Roshan in the lead, with subsequent reports of Vivek Oberoi replacing him. Later, it was said that YRF would come on board as a co-producer of the movie, and the film would finally see Rajput in the lead.
Then the latest development is or Ranveer taking over the reigns. Let's wait and watch what happens.
While Ranveer is currently busy with Padmavati, he's also been confirmed his role in Kabir Khan's next titled '83; a biopic in which Ranveer will play Kapil Dev. The film chronicles the 1983 World Cup win for India in cricket.