Sanjay Leela Bhansali Has Two Options To Take ‘Padmavati’ Forward

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Now that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project Padmavati will no longer be shot in Rajasthan, there are two options open to the opulent director.

Says a source close to the development, “Either he finds another desertscape on the scale offered to him in Rajasthan. Or he recreates the landscape in a studio. Either way, the film won’t be allowed to suffer in any way.”

In a series of emergency meetings after the repulsive attack in Jaipur, the film’s producers, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, have very clearly and emphatically stated they are with Bhansali on any decision he takes.

Sources close to the project say that getting a location with sprawling stretches of sand that resemble the Rajasthani landscape won’t be difficult.

Says the source, “The important thing is to not let the project suffer in any way and to make the film without any compromise. No matter what it takes, Padmavati will be back on the track within the shortest possible time. The principal actors Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have ensured Sanjay Bhansali their full cooperation.”

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Official Statement About The Attacks On The ‘Padmavati’ Sets

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

The attacks on Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his crew during the filming of Padmavati have shocked many in the industry. Several celebrities have come forth with statements of their own in support of the director, and now, SLB’s team has released an official statement on behalf of him. In it, they clarify that there’s no objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji (the rumour which seems to have motivated the attacks) and that they have been carefully researching the film.

Filming in Jaipur has been halted as of now, and the director has returned to Mumbai.

Here’s the official statement from SLB’s office:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot two films in Jaipur and despite his love for Rajasthan, for the safety of his crew, we have decided to stop the shoot and leave the city post the shocking incident where miscreants damaged property and misbehaved with the crew on the shoot of ‘Padmavati’. SLB had directed the opera ‘Padmavati’ to packed houses in Paris and earned worldwide praise for it. He was inspired by the beautiful and courageous queen and is making a feature film on the story. We clarify that there is no dream sequence or any objectionable scene between Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji. We have been carefully researching and making the film. In spite of this, the attack on the shoot and crew was uncalled for and was extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city of Jaipur. We are grateful to the authorities at Jaipur who responded promptly and limited the damage on shoot. We are confident that Mewar will be proud of the film made on their revered queen. We do not want to hurt any sentiments and would appreciate if the local people support us in making this film and making their queen revered by the world.”

Read the statements by Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Deepika Padukone has also chimed in by saying:


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Bollywood Reacts To Sanjay Leela Bhansali Being Assaulted On The Sets Of Padmavati

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

In an unfortunate turn of events, ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and manhandled on the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur, yesterday. While his lead actors – Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor have not yet given any official statement to condemn the incident, a few from the Bollywood fraternity have come out in support of Bhansali.

Karan Johar sympathised with Bhansali as he was also mentally harassed and went through great troubles during the release of his last film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

He wrote:


Similarly, Anurag Kashyap also fought a tough battle against the censor board to release his film Udta Punjab without any cuts. Kashyap tweeted:


Other celebrities also raised their voice to show support towards Bhansali:






Ram Gopal Verma also wrote a series of tweets to condemn the incident:




Sanjay Leela Bhansali Offers Financial Help To The Family Of The Crew Member Who Died On Set

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

We told you a couple of weeks ago about a tragic accident that took place on the sets of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer Padmavati. A painter, Mukesh Dakia, fell to his death while painting the sets despite high standard safety measures.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team recently reached out to the family and compensated them for the freak accident that took place. A source told us,

The unit is shaken by the unforseen incident. In fact , the team of Bhansali Productions proactively reached out to the deceased painter’s family and compensated them to the tune of 23 lakh as support during this challenging phase in their life. This took place in the presence of members of the Film Studios Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union and the late painter’s family. It has been a more than generous settlement and even the Union agreed and acknowledged Bhansali productions for the same .”

Ashok Dubey, advisor of the Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union added,

ilm Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union, says, “When Sanjay Leela Bhansali heard about the unfortunate incident on the set of Padmavati, he issued a cheque of Rs 20,80,000 from his production house ‘Bhansali Productions’ for the family of the deceased and a cheque of Rs 2,20,000 issued as wages of the workers on that particular day. So we have received Rs 23 lakhs in total from Bhansali Productions.”

Here are pictures of the same.

SLB Productions offer financial compensation

SLB Productions offer financial compensation

SLB Productions offer financial compensation

SLB Productions offer financial compensation

May his soul RIP.

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Woah! Is Sanjay Leela Bhansali Roping In This Bollywood Beauty For His Next?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Speculations are rife that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in a special appearance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Padmavati, and the thought of this reunion has got us all very excited.  

But according to a report in DNA, the two caught up at a social gathering, and Bhansali spoke with her about a movie he has in mind for her. He apparently also specified that he’ll make the movie only with Aish and nobody else. So, does this mean there will be no special appearance in Padmavati at all? Has the talk actually been about this new film? Only time will tell.

For now, we’ll wait and hope that the two collaborate soon because nobody portrays Aish as beautifully as Sanjay does in his films.


Deepika Padukone hikes her fee for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati

The Bajirao Mastani actress has reunited with Bhansali for his next period drama, but something has changed in their collaboration this time around…

Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have come together a third time forPadmavati after Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani. If buzz is to be believed then Priyanka Chopra was in the running for this role, however Deepika managed to bag it. And that’s not all a source revealed to BollywoodLife that the actress is also taking home a fatter pay cheque. “Deepika has hiked her fee for Padmavati,” said our source.

Ms Padukone was busy filming for her debut Hollywood project, xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage in the west and hence had no Bollywood movie in her kitty. It was also said that Deepika was considered for Kabir Khan’s next film with Salman Khan, Tubelight.

For those of you who do not know the actress is touted as one of the highest paid Bollywood heroines. Recently there was debate about who amongst Deepika, Priyanka and Kangana Ranaut was the highest paid actress. The Queen heroine’s team claimed that she was drawing over Rs 11 crores, but there was furor in the media when news of Ms Ranaut charging a little over three crores per project leaked. The scenario turned a battle ground with everyone comparing Deepika and Kangana’s track record.

With Deepika upping her fee sum, we bet there will be more debate and discussion around which actress in Bollywood is the highest paid today.

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Fawad Khan to play Deepika Padukone’s husband in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati!

Padmavati, based on the life of the Rani of Chittor in Rajasthan, is all about the queen and Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s (Ranveer Singh) obsession with her.

Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Zafar were approached, but no one wanted to play second fiddle to Ranveer.

The Rani of Chittor has found her Raja, Rawal Ratan Singh and this search for the male lead of Padmavati has ended with Fawad Khan. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finalised the Pakistani actor to star as Deepika Padukone’s screen husband in his period epic, Padmavati. Fawad was in Mumbai for the past couple of weeks, finalising the deal.

Says a source, “Bhansali wants 200 days from all his lead actors, including Ranveer Singh (plays Alauddin Khilji) and Deepika (Padmavati). Fawad has those days to spare. In between, he has Karan Johar’s production, but it should not be a problem as KJo and Bhansali share a good equation. So they will work it out. It’s too big an offer for Fawad to pass up.

FK and DP walked the ramp on Wednesday as Manish Malhotra’s showstoppers and their chemistry was noticed. Fawad has played a Rajput prince before in Khoobsurat and was liked in the part. In that movie, he wooed DP’s rival, Sonam Kapoor.

The source adds that Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Zafar were approached, but no one wanted to play second fiddle to Ranveer. This is a step up for Fawad, who gets to work with SLB and a top actress.

Padmavati, based on the life of the Rani of Chittor in Rajasthan, is all about the queen and Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s (Ranveer Singh) obsession with her. The trouble is, that although the character of Padmavati’s husband Rawal Ratan Singh is an important one, he is perceived as a weak character as he is always outsmarted by the Sultan. So, no top actor is willing to take it up. Says a source, “Since Ranveer is playing the Sultan, the role of Rawal Singh also has to be of his takkar. Otherwise, the story won’t work.” Sanjay starts shooting for the historical this September.

According to an insider, “The first schedule is with Deepika and her husband’s character. The scenes between Deepika and Ranveer are being shot separately as they never meet in the film. Initially, a TV actor was to be signed, but Deepika put her foot down. A random actor from television won’t do for her. While she has no scenes with Ranveer, she shares some intense romantic and lovemaking scenes with her husband, so she wants a big star as her hero.”

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Oops… Priyanka Chopra Just Lost This Major Film To Deepika Padukone


Sanjay Leela Bhansali is gearing up for his next film, Padmavati. Apparently Priyanka Choprawas very keen on working with SLB and had also made her intentions known to him. However, according to a report in Filmfare, Bhansali thought Deepika Padukone was a better fit for the character and cast her instead. Reportedly, PC is fine with it as the filmmaker ensured her that the two will work together very soon.

I wish Sanjay can rope in PC for a special item number though.


Wow! Priyanka Chopra Will Be Seen With This Brilliant Actor In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Next!



Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided who he’ll be casting in his next big project. The director-producer will be producing Gustakhiyan, a movie based on poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and his affair with poetess and novelist Amrita Pritam. He has decided to cast Priyanka Chopra in the movie along with Irrfan Khan.


Doesn’t that sound amazing?

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Deepika Padukone: I’m comfortable with both Ranveer, Ranbir


Fresh from the release of ‘Tamasha’, in which she romanced former beau Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone is all geared up for the release of her next film ‘Bajirao Mastani’, co-starring Ranveer Singh. The actress says she is comfortable working with both actors.

Asked how promoting ‘Bajirao Mastani’ with Ranveer is different from promoting ‘Tamasha’ with Ranbir, Deepika said during a session at Agenda Aaj Tak: ‘Many told me,‘You have two releases back to back with not even a month’s gap, you’ll be exhausted’. Just like you can see, he (Ranveer) doesn’t let me talk much, which is good. He himself starts on his own tone.’

“On other hand, Ranbir speaks very less. At that time, it becomes my job to make up (for him). But during ‘Bajirao Mastani’ promotions, he (Ranveer) makes up for me.”

“I’m comfortable with both of them. It depends on the situation. I’m very adaptable,” Deepika added.

Set to release on December 18, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, directed by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also stars Priyanka Chopra.

Talking about the film, Ranveer said: “Basically every Bhansali film is tagged as an emotional drama. But in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, people will get to see everything from emotional drama to action, romance, comedy and songs.”

While Deepika doesn’t have any other project lined up immediately after ‘Bajirao Mastani’, Ranveer will next be seen in filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s ‘Befikre’. The film will also star actress Vaani Kapoor.

“Since a long time I’ve had a dream to work with my mentor Aditya Chopra. I always wanted to star in a film in which he directs and I’ll be acting. It will be a beautiful romantic film. It will also feature Vaani. I’m really looking forward to this project. In ‘Befikre’, I’ll be clean shaved with long hair,” Ranveer said.

“Aditya sir is the reason because of which I’m here as he gave me my first break with his production venture ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’.”

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