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.