Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali resumed shooting for his much-awaited period drama, Gangubai, which features Alia Bhatt in the titular role of brothel chief from Mumbai. The film went on floors in November last year, however, the shoot was halted in March owing to the coronavirus infused lockdown. The film is now nearing completion with just 20 to 25 days of work remaining and the team intends to complete it by March. As per reports, Alia is training at present for two songs that are slated to be shot later this month.
According to Pinkvilla, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has striked a mega deal with a streaming giant. “The post release streaming rights of Gangubai have been sold to an OTT giant for a hefty sum in the vicinity of Rs 70 crore. The paperwork is currently underway. The star-cast, grandeur and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s goodwill have led the team of Gangubai towards striking this massive deal. His films have a loyal audience outside India too, and the streaming platform too has a base to cater to them,” revealed a source close to the development, adding further that Gangubai is a story meant to be consumed on the big screen and despite multiple offers extending to Rs 100 crore plus, Bhansali and his team were firm on bringing it to the cinema halls. The film is now gearing up for a release post August.
Interestingly, Bhansali is also making his digital debut with a show titled Heera Mandi.