Over a previous couple of weeks, there is news that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is reuniting with Shaha Rukh Khan on Izhaar, an epic romance crossing the national borders. Notwithstanding, Pinkvilla recently said that contrary to the reports, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial after Gangubai goes to be Baiju Bawra. We also reported that the director has been fine-tuning his script over the last year to bring the epic back to life for the modern-day audience. And now, we’ve another update on this musical.


Pinkvilla has learned that the famous filmmaker is keen to possess Deepika Padukone to play the lead role in the film. “Ever since Bhansali decided to revisit Baiju Bawra, he was clear on getting Deepika on board the film to play the role of dacoit queen, Roopmati from the 1952 original. Both Deepika and SLB have done multiple meetings to debate the film, and therefore, the character and the talks are in the advanced stage at the instant. The paperwork is yet to be done, and things will be locked once both the stakeholders mutually agree on certain aspects. Given the way things are proceeding at the instant, it’s getting to be a yes from DP,” told a source close to the event, continuing further that the thought is to require the film on floors by Mid-2022.


It’s a mega film, and Bhansali’s team is preparing stuff from now itself to ensure that dates of actors aren’t a problem. “While Bhansali is currently performing on the edit and post-production of Gangubai, there’s a team in his workplace that is taking tiny steps in the prep work of Baiju Bawra. Conversations with other actors, who are expected to be a part of the film, are ongoing. An official announcement will be made once the whole cast that SLB wants is locked,” the news added.


While conversations with Deepika are in an advanced stage, we still expect an update on the status quo of other actors who are on Bhansali’s wish list. The four other Baiju Bawra’s key characters include Baiju, Akbar, Gauri, and Tansen. Consistent with the source, this is often among Bhansali’s dream project, and hence, he’s going all bent get the casting bang on with no compromises on his vision. Bhansali is also performing on the music. The essential aspect of this film and the ones in his circle exposes that the producer wants this album to possess the simplest stories of his career. Bhansali and Deepika have previously worked together on films like Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, and Padmaavat.

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