Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyanka Chopra are really keen to collaborate once again after Bajirao Mastani. But somehow their stars are non-aligned. Bhansali was keen to cast Priyanka as a radical poet Amrita Pritam in the proposed film on the tumultuous love affair between poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam. But then Abhishek doesn’t work with Priyanka. Eventually the project didn’t happen.
We now have it from very reliable sources that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted Priyanka Chopra to do a special song-and-dance number in Inshallah. “But Salman put his foot down. He said he wanted Daisy Shah for the number. This was unacceptable to Bhansali,” says the source in the know. This according to the source was the main reason why the Inshallah project fell apart.
The superstar-director and superstar-actor were once best friends. Salman supported Bhansali when the latter launched himself as director in Khamoshi: The Musical. They subsequently worked together in the effervescent Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam but fell out when Bhansali opted for Shah Rukh Khan in Devdas.
Inshallah was meant to be the great Bhansali-Salman reconconciliation. Alas, Man proposes Ego disposes.