Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are known to weave magic on big-screen, every time they come together. After Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, Happy New Year and now Pathan, we hear that they both could team up for their fifth project together!
There have been multiple reports of Shah Rukh Khan giving a nod to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next project. Earlier it was on Izhaar, an epic love story crossing the national borders, and now it’s said to be Baiju Bawra.
Now it’s being reported that the film-maker is keen to bring Deepika Padukone on board to play ROOPMATI on this film, the dacoit queen along with Shah Rukh Khan as Baiju who has reportedly given a nod to this film. Howeve, official confirmation on both news is still awaited.
“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 discuss the film and the character and the talks are in the advanced stage at the moment. 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 moment, it’s going to be a yes from DP,” revealed a source to Pinkvilla.
“While Bhansali is currently working on the edit and post production of Gangubai, there is a team in his work place that taking tiny steps in the prep work of Baiju Bawra. Conversations with other actors, who are expected to be a part of the film is also in progress. An official announcement will be made once the entire cast that SLB wants is locked,” the source added.
Apparently, SLB is trying to pull off a big casting coup with the five key characters in this ambitious project including Baiju, Gauri, Tansen, Roopmati and Akbar. The film is slated to be a never seen before magnum-opus musical. Bhansali is also working on the music and wants this album to have the best composition of his career.
As per earlier reported rumours, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were approached last year to play the lead in the film.