It was the auspicious occasion of Diwali that Sanjay Leela Bhansali used as a good opportunity to announce his new film titled ‘Baiju Bawra’. Known to be a revenge story of a music maestro, SLB has called it his ambitious magnum opus which he will start working upon after he wraps up Alia Bhatt‘s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.
A recent Bollywood Hungama report suggested that Ranveer Singh has been approached to play the lead.
This report quoted a source close to the project as saying,
“While Gangubai Kathiawadi is more of a dark emotional, action drama of the world of brothels, crime, dons and rich men who visit the world of brothels, Baiju Bawra is a purely musical and a dramatized version of the story of the uniquely talented singer Baiju Bawra. It’s to Bhansali’s credit that he is choosing to direct two projects in stark contrast to the other. And the filmmaker has offered the lead and the title role of the young Baiju Bawra to Ranveer Singh.”
This source added,
“Who else can play the passionate, emotional, deeply vengeful and yet intensely romantic Baiju, than Ranveer? SLB and Ranveer have definitely met and the filmmaker has offered the young actor the role of Baiju Bawra. The movie won’t start before next year and by then Ranveer would have completed his other films.”
There is a great round of excitement around the female cast as well.
This source further revealed,
“Baiju Bawra is about a young and extremely talented dhrupad singer-composer by the same name, who challenged composer, musician and Hindustani classical vocalist Tansen, to a singing duel, to avenge the death of his musician father, at the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar. When Tansen’s sentries tries to stop Baiju’s father from singing, and he dies in the struggle, he makes the young Baiju promise to take revenge against Tansen. If Ranveer gives his nod to the movie, it will be again another challenging role for him as he will need some training and knowledge as a singer and musician. It will be interesting to see who plays his romantic interest – will it be Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra? Priyanka holds an edge as she’s an internationally acclaimed singer in her own right.”
Talking about Ranveer’s upcoming project, he will be next seen in ‘83, a Kapil Dev biopic that is directed by Kabir Khan.