The entire shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ambitious historical Bajirao Mastani has been wrapped up. And now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali gets ready for the biggest battle of his career.
Bhansali seems all set to take on the formidable Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale which releases on the same day December 18, with no possibility of either juggernaut release moving away in time before the big collision at the box-office.
To ensure optimum results, the filmmaker-composer has also edited the film completely. All post-production including the background music of Bajirao Mastani is complete.
Says a source close to the project, "Last week, the entire shooting was wrapped up. Aur mazey ki baat yeh hai ke editing bhi ho gaya. Sanjay's editor Rajesh Pandey who has earlier edited Sanjay's Goliyon Ki Raaslila Ram Leela was on the job, as the shooting progressed. The editing got done while the shooting was in progress."
The film's play-time has been kept down at 2 hours 30 mins.
Says the source, "Considering the epic format and how much footage it takes to narrate historical sagas Sanjay Bhansali's determination to keep the length down to 2 1/2 hours is truly valorous. The film was originally supposed to run into more than 220 minutes of playing-time He has sacrificed songs and dances to keep the playing-time in check."
The film a lavish war epic has been shot at an estimated budget of Rs. 160 crores and will be pitched by its producers as the Mughal-e-Azam of this millennium.