Director-Producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali had recently announced the title of his next film starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role. The magnum opus film titled Gangubai Kathiawadi is reportedly the biopic of a sex worker, who later emerged as an underworld don in Mumbai. The latest is that the director has also announced his next after Gangubai Kathiawadi. The film titled Baiju Bawra is the revenge story of a maverick maestro named ‘Tansen’. The cast of the film is yet to be announced.
Bhansali Productions took to Twitter to announce the news.
— BhansaliProductions (@bhansali_produc) October 27, 2019
Gangubai Kathiawadi has reportedly roped in Ajay Devgn to play the male lead. The official announcement is yet to be made. If confirmed, the film will mark the second association of actor Ajay Devgn with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who earlier worked on Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn have also worked on director SS Rajamouli‘s upcoming action-period film RRR.
“Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Leela Bhansali met at Anand Pandit’s Diwali party last week and chatted for hours. They caught up on a lot of stuff and that’s when Sanjay Leela Bhansali invited him over to his office. Ajay dropped in a couple of days after that and they had a meeting for more than a couple of hours. Sanjay Leela Bhansali offered him two scripts — a biopic and a fictional love story, which is said to be Baiju Bawra. In Baiju Bawra, the actor was offered the role of ‘Tansen’. Ajay liked his role in Gangubai Kathiawadi as it’s an intense character — a mobster with a golden heart, who teaches Gangubai the tricks of the trade and falls in love with her,” stated a source as reported by Bollywood Hungama. The source also reportedly said, “The filmmaker also offered him another action-drama film based on a warrior, which will be directed later.”
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bhansali Productions and Jayantilal Gada’s Pen Movies will be bankrolling Gangubai Kathiawadi while Baiju Bawra is bankrolled solely by Bhansali Productions.
Gangubai Kathiawadi is slated for release on 11 September 2020 while Baiju Bawra is set for a Diwali 2021 release.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s previous outing Malaal as a producer did not fare well at the box office. It was the official remake of the Tamil film 7G Rainbow Colony (starring Ravi Krishna and Sonia Agarwal, helmed by director Selvaraghavan.)
Watch the trailer of Malaal here.