All rumours regarding Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone being cast in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film, the musical marathon Baiju Bawra, are now to be put to rest. Ranbir isn’t the one. Alia Bhatt, his better half, has been cast in Baiju Bawra as the leading lady opposite Ranveer Singh.
Ranveer Singh was the first actor to sign a deal with Baiju Bawra. Bhansali’s initial pick. “The character needs a certain madness, a junoon that only Ranveer can project. Ranbir was never considered for the role,” a source close to the epic filmmaker reveals to Bollywood Hungama.
Alia Bhatt, on the other hand, had made up her mind that she would be Sanjay Bhansali’s leading lady in his next film after Gangubai Kathiawadi. “Alia was insistent. Bhansali thought she fitted the part. When she read the script she went berserk. Alia says it is the best script she had read,” says a source.