In the coming years, you may not see Salman Khan being paired with his usual leading ladies, namely Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez or Sonakshi Sinha.

The word is out that beginning with Dabangg 3 where along with the time-tested Sonakshi Sinha, Salman was also paired with newcomer Saiee Manjrekar, Salman wants a total revamp in his lineup of co-stars. In Radhe (which pairs Salman with Disha Patni with whom he had a brief role in Bharat), Salman is looking at a fresh gallery of leading ladies.

A close friend of the actor who has been with the Superstar for years says it’s the need of the times. “And I’m glad Salman has woken up to it. Audiences love seeing Salman on screen with any heroine. But the repeated pairing with a few actresses is now becoming slightly monotonous. Salman is now looking at coming together with heroines he has not worked with so far.”

Deepika Padukone is one major leading lady with whom Salman is keen to be paired with.

Explains Salman’s buddy. “Of course they’ll come together. But the actress part has to be substantial..”

For now, it is Pooja Hedge who has signed a new film with Salman.