Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone in SLB’s next?

 Actors to star opposite Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Baiju Bawra’

Entertainment Desk October 19, 2020

Last year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) made to major announcements. While he signed Alia Bhatt on for Gangubai Kathiawadi, he also revealed that he's making Baiju Bawra.

Ever since the news officially broke, there have ample speculation and now, it has been revealed that Ranbir Kapoor has been locked in to play one of the primary leads in Baiju Bawra, reported Pinkvilla. While the film will mark a reunion for the Sawaariya actor-director duo, rumour has it that there will be two leading ladies and another A-list actor in Baiju Bawra as well.

"It's a story of four characters - two heroes and two heroines. For both the heroines, SLB has decided to go with his current favourites Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt. He has narrated the script to both of them and they have both loved their parts. In all probabilities, Alia will be paired opposite Ranbir's Baiju in the film, stepping into Meena Kumari's shoes from the original,” a source said. “Deepika will play the other female lead, that of dacoit Roopmati, essayed by Kuldip Kaur in the 1952 drama.”

As per the informant, both starlets will play Ranbir’s romantic interests in the period saga and have shown a keen interest in the project. “If this materialises, this will be a big casting coup for sure."

Baiju Bawra will also be Alia and Deepika’s first film together. Interestingly, the former is currently dating Kapoor while the latter broke up with him a few years ago, claiming to have been cheated on.

The source added, "The film revolves around the characters of Baiju and Tansen and the conflict between them. For Baiju's character, Ranbir has almost been finalised. The paperwork is yet to be done but SLB has already discussed the film with the actor and he's liked the script. For Tansen's role, they need a much older actor and are already in talks with two big superstars."

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