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Confirmed : Alia Bhatt Is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangu Bai

It is final. Alia Bhatt will  indeed  by playing   Gangubai, a rustic Maharashtrain character in a  nine-yard saree in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial.

 Hard to imagine considering how urbane  Alia  is? Not   for   the makeover-magician SanjayLeela Bhansali who  has already  imagined her looks and personality  based  on  various  Maharashtrian women that Bhansali admires.

 Gangubai  is  one  of  Bhansali’s  dream  projects which  he has nurtured  for many years. A  few  years ago he  planned  the  film  with Priyanka Chopra. But  God and  Nick Jonas  had other plans.

 The  decision to cast  Alia  in  the role  was  taken even before  Bhansali’s other  project Inshallahwith  Alia  and Salman Khan fell through.

Says a  source, “Sanjay Bhansali had made up his  mind to cast Alia as  Gangubai after doing work shops with Alia  for Inshallah. Her dedication passion enthusiasm and  the  will  to excel simply  bowled  him over. Sanjay knew Alia  was  his Gangubai. What he didn’t know was that he  would end  up doing Gangubai in lieu  of Inshallah.”

With Alia stepping into  Gangubai one hopes all speculation regarding her collaboration with  Sanjay Leela Bhansali would finally end.

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