Will Salman Khan ever be Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao’?
Rumour is that the Guzaarish director has once again become interested in his pet project, Bajirao Mastani. But with things no longer rosy between him and his favourite actor, will it happen?
It is rumoured that Guzaarish director may revive his favourite film script, Bajirao Mastani. And we think it could be true because it’s almost a year since Sanjay Leela Bhansali released the Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan drama, which may have won awards but did not light up the BO! While the filmmaker is known to take long breaks between his films, it looks like this time he is having great difficulty finding something to his liking to work on. After the disappointing outcome of Guzaarish at the box-office, we heard that Bhansali was going to move away from his fave cinematic dramas and do something more real. But we did not hear any more on that. Apparently there are quite a few story ideas floating around and being developed in the Bhansali office, but nothing has been finalised yet. So it won’t come as a surprise to us if the passionate filmmaker goes back to his most treasured story of the Maratha general, Bajirao, and his Muslim wife, Mastani. The first time that the Guzaarish director decided to make this bit of history into a film, he planned to rope in real-life couple Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The star couple’s love story went kaput and so did Bhansali’s coveted project. A few years later, we again heard rumours of a revival of the intense love story, this time starring Salman and Kareena Kapoor. But that fizzled out too. At last, now, will Bhansali get lucky? We doubt it, especially since now he and his favourite actor Salman are not exactly friends any more. But then in Bollywood it takes one night for friends to turn into foes and vice versa. So our guess is as good as yours…
First Published: 12.30 PM IST 09.03.2011