Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the most of his time by working on a number of projects amidst the lockdown. The ace filmmaker has a couple of projects in the pipeline. Firstly, he has Gangubai Kathiawadi with Alia Bhatt for release. Gangubai Kathiawadi is based on a story from S Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queen of Mumbai. The film is scheduled for a July 30 release in Hindi and Telugu languages. With the pandemic and the second wave, it is yet to be seen whether the filmmaker will go ahead with the release or take an OTT route. Meanwhile, it was reported that he has been revisiting the script of Izhaar that the filmmaker wants to make with Shah Rukh Khan. It was earlier reported that he had been discussing the film with Aamir Khan first and then approached the Chennai Express actor for the same.
Apparently, the director is quite busy with Gangubai Kathiawadi’s release, Heera Mandi and is planning to revive Baiju Bawra first. So, after wrapping Heera Mandi, SLB would be taking up Baiju Bawra. A source close to the development of the same, told Pinkvilla, “The filmmaker had officially announced Baiju Bawra in 2019 and he is sticking to his plans of making this epic next after the release of Gangubai. In fact, in the lockdown over the last one year, he even took some time off to work on the script, screenplay and music of Baiju Bawra. It’s his dream project and he is looking forward to commence this journey once Gangubai and Heera Mandi is out of his system.”
The source added that the casting will be determined by the director himself and that he is keen to cast top names across generation. However, it may yet again depend on the COVID-19 situation. The source further told the portal, “While the story stems from the 1952 classic, Baiju Bawra, Bhansali is planning to bring in his own spin to this epic tale. The grandeur, music and storytelling aside, the star-cast is said to be the main highlight of the film. If everything goes as planned, with actors giving a combination shooting dates, this one will hit the floors by mid-2022.”