It is meant to be a tribute to the poetry and life and love of Sahir Ludhianvi. While producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali has roped in Abhishek Bachchan to play Sahir, the equally pivotal part of Sahir’s long-standing companion and soul-mate Amrita Pritam has gone to the hottest female superstar in Bollywood.
Alia Bhatt who has been climbing from strength to strength during the past two years is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “most prominent choice” for Amrita Pritam’s role. Says Sanjay Bhansali, “I find Alia’s growth as an actress to be truly fascinating. She always exuded a certain poise and confidence that are very rare for actors her age. She is now at a stage when her career decisions would determine whether she joins the hall of all-time greats. It’d be most interesting to work with Alia.’
Interestingly Alias was all of 12 when she had auditioned for Sanjay Leela Bhansali Hamari Jaan Ho Tum opposite Udit Narayan’s son Aditya. That film never took off. But Alia’s career certainly did.