Contrary to the impression being created , Alia Bhatt was not the first and last choice for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. The role was earmarked for Bhansali’s favourite Deepika Padukone.
But according to sources two factors played the villain and none of them had anything to do with Alia.
Firstly Deepika Padukone was already playing a gangster in Vishal Bhardawaj’s Sapna Didi which was authored by Hussain Zaidi who wrote Bhansali’s Gangubai. Deepika Padukone didn’t want to do two back-to-back lady gangalord roles.
However Bhardwaj’s Sapna Didi got shelved.And Deepika Padukone would have happily returned to Bhansali territory
“But she was keen to co-produce Gangubai Kathiawadi with Bhansali. He was not ready to do that. They parted amicably over the issue. That’s how Alia came into the project. But Bhansali can’t live too far away from Deepika Padukone’s territory. She will be back in his cinema with his next Baiju Bawra,” says the source.
Whether Deepika Padukone will co-produce Baiju Bawra with Bhansali, only time will tell.