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Last Updated 22.03.2019 | 8:36 PM IST
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A lot has been said and written about Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s new project, after DEVDAS. There has been tremendous speculation about his new film. Reams have been devoted to this keenly anticipated film. But none have really got the official statement from Bhansali himself.

Like always, IndiaFM is the first to get the EXCLUSIVE info on Bhansali’s new project. While in Johannesburg [South Africa] with this writer, Bhansali spoke at length about his forthcoming film.

The project, titled BAJIRAO MASTANI, will star Salman Khan in the lead, as we all know by now. But, Bhansali clarifies, I haven’t signed any leading lady yet. Yes, I’ve been talking to a few people and have met a few actresses as well, but none have been finalized so far.

But the media was busy speculating that names like Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji have already signed on the dotted line. That’s news to me, Bhansali laughs, Just imagine, learning about the star cast of your film from the media! On a serious note, he elucidates, I haven’t spoken to any person [media] yet, so how can they throw names? Believe me, I’ve yet to finalise the leading ladies.

Not just the stars, but Bhansali, it seems, is opting for a new music director this time around [HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and DEVDAS had music by Ismail Darbar]. There’s talk that he had approached A.R. Rahman to score the music. Is it true? Well, I won’t deny I have met him. But everything is in the preliminary stages. It’s premature to talk about it, he says.

Bhansali also points out that he won’t start the project this year. The film will go on the floors only next year. I haven’t even completed the scripting yet.

The expectations from Bhansali’s new film are gargantuan. That scares me, he tells me, There’re enormous responsibilities on your shoulders even before you start a project. But life itself is a challenge, you’ve got to accept the challenge each day. True!

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