Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Vishal Bharadwaj have a lot in common. They are both considered pathbreaking filmmakers with a striking visual vibrancy to their works. Peculiarly they both compose music as well as direct films
Now both Bhansali and Bharadwaj
are all set to produce films on two different female gangsters based on the same source material.
Both the filmmakers have secured filmmaking rights from chapters out of S. Hussain Zaidi’s bestseller about female gangsters Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. While Vishal Bhardwaj would be directing a film based on Zaidi’s account of Ashraf Khan alias Sapna (featuring Deepika Padukone) the gangster whose only mission in life is to eliminate her husband’s killer Dawood, Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be producing a film based on the life and crimes of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali, the dreaded female crimelord who is known as ‘The Madame Of Kamathipura’.
Says our source, “Bhansali is as fascinated by Gangubai’s life as Bharadwaj is by Ashraf Khan. The important thing is the principal casting. Both the directors have gone into other projects before taking on Hussain Zaidi’s female gangsters’ stories. Bhardwaj has locked in Bhansali’s current favourite Deepika Padukone. Bhansali may sign Priyanka Chopra to play Gangubai.”
Interestingly many years ago
Vishal Bhardwaj had gone to Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a script about reincarnation which he wanted Bhansali to direct.That film never happened. But now both the distinguished filmmakers’s destinies are joined in a strange way.