Ranveer Singh Loses Chance To Work with Meghna Gulzar. Here’s What Happened
Meghna Gulzar eventually signed Vicky Kaushal instead. Who would have done a better role?
If all had gone well, Ranveer Singh would be working with Meghna Gulzar next, now that she has completed her film with his wife Deepika Padukone.
It is reliably learnt that Ranveer was Meghna’s first and only choice to play Field Marshal Sam Maneksaw in the bio-pic to be directed by Meghna. Apparently Ranveer kept delaying the script narration until Meghna turned her sights on her Raazi hero Vicky Kaushal who was more than raazi to give Meghna the time of the day.
Many of Meghna’s well-wishers feel Ranveer would be a better choice to play Field Marshal Manekshaw. It is difficult to say who between Deepika and Ranveer is the bigger box-office star. But we can tell you that Deepika’s latest much talked-about role as acid victim Laxmi Aggarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak happened because of Ranveer.
Here’s how. Director Meghna Gulzar actually wanted to make a male-centric film after Raazi. She was all set to do a bio-pic on Marshal General Manekshaw with Ranveer in the lead. Says a source close to the development, “Meghna Gulzar had the project scripted and ready. She was keen on Ranveer Singh to play Manekshaw. They met and Ranveer seemed maha-excited. But when it came to a narration , Ranveer seemed to have no time. Meghna simply decided to move to the next project, on acid attack victim Laxmi Aggarwal. That’s how Deepika came into the picture.”
Meghna intends to return to her Manekshaw bio-pic after Chhapaak. But for now the coveted role has gone to Vicky Kaushal who played Alia Bhatt’s Pakistani army-husband in Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi. A source informs, “After getting along so well with Deepika making Chhapaak and getting such an amazing performance out of her, Meghna is having second thoughts about the casting of the Manekshaw biopic. We can only wait and watch.”