Alia Bhatt to Start Shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Untitled Film on Gangubai
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Alia Bhatt to Start Shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Untitled Film on Gangubai

Alia Bhatt, who was previously playing the lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah, will now start shooting for her next film with the filmmaker.

Alia Bhatt was all set to play the female lead in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s action film Inshallah, co-starring Salman Khan, which was slated to release over Eid in 2020. However, the project recently got shelved indefinitely due to creative differences between Salman and the filmmaker, although Salman said in an interview tha Sanjay was his friend and they would work together on another project in the future. Meanwhile, there were speculations that Alia might be doing another project with SLB. As per the latest reports, the actress does have another project lined up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali: a film on the life of Gangubai Kothewali, aka as the madam of Kamathipura, a red-light district of Mumbai where she ran brothels and also had gangsters as clients.

The cinematic adaptation of her life will be based on a chapter in S Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. As per the reports, the dates committed by Alia and the Devdas director for Inshallah will now be allotted to the Gangubai movie.

Pre-production work is already in progress and the film is expected to go on the floors in mid-October, while the actual shooting will begin in mid-February. The release date of the untitled film has not been confirmed yet.

Alia, who recently launched her own YouTube channel, also has a number of other film projects in the pipeline. She is a part of Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy-adventure film, Brahmastra, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, which will hit the screens in December 2019. She also has a role in Bahubaali director SS Rajamouli's hisoric fictional drama Ram Ravan Rajyam in Telugu. She is also shooting for Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2, a sequel of 1991 film Sadak, with Pooja Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapoor. Sadak 2 is scheduled for release in July 2020.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.