‘If I do Bajirao Mastani then will have Deepika Padukone, and if doing Gangubai Kathiawadi, will need Alia Bhatt,’ says Sanjay Leela Bhansali explaining the perfect casting


Sanjay Leela Bhansali has got a winner at his hands with his recently released film Gangubai Kathiawadi that stars Alia Bhatt in the lead. He collaborated with Alia for the first time in Gangubai Kathiawadi after their proposed project Inshallah was shelved. Deepika Padukone was his muse for the longest time as they worked in they worked in three consecutive films- Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. So during a recent interview when he was asked about the two actors, Bhansali elaborated on how they are different from a filmmaker’s perspective.

During an interview, Bhansali fielded fan questions, one of which was about Deepika and Alia, and how they are different from a filmmaker’s perspective. To this the filmmaker said, “They are different people. They have different approaches, they have different heights. They have different voices, they have different body language. They have different approach to cinema. All that put together… Deepika is a beautiful girl, wonderful actor. For me, Alia is a very beautiful girl, again a wonderful actor. But if I have to do Bajirao Mastani then I will have to have Deepika, and if I’m doing Gangubai, I will have to have Alia play it. So, each one has their own power that they exude when they find a role that suits them, and you cannot give the wrong role to the wrong actor.”

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He further said, “Not that in the same breath I can say that Alia could not have played Mastani or Deepika could not have played Gangu. But I feel what casting I’ve done, keeping their essence, is the right casting. So, what Alia did for this role, only Alia could have done. And what Deepika did in those roles only Deepika could have done.”

Gangubai Kathiawadi is doing great business at the box office right now. The film also stars Ajay Devgn, Shantanu Maheshwari, Seema Pahwa, Vijay raaz, Jim Sarbh and Indira Tiwari.

(Source: Bollywood Bubble)


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