New Delhi (November 04, 2017): Deepika Padukone, who is gearing up for release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, has been reportedly roped in to play poetess Amrita Pritam in the director’s next venture and Abhishek Bachchan will star opposite her as Sahir Ludhianvi.
Touted to be the love story of Pritam and lyricist-poet Ludhianvi, the film will be Deepika’s fourth venture with Bhansali. Abhishek is likely to essay Sahir’s role in the movie.
Reportedly, the role offered to Deepika was first offered to Priyanka Chopra, who declined the offer for reasons unknown.
“Abhishek has begun preparing for his Sahir biopic . He will begin rigorous interaction with Sanjay Bhansali after Padmavati releases. But his groundwork on Sahir has begun in right earnest. He is regularly listening to the immortal repertoire of Sahir’s lyrics from Guru Dutt’s Pyasa to Yash Chopra’s Trishul,” said a source.
“Abhishek’s father had the good fortune to interact with Sahir when he worked in Kabhi Kabhie and Trishul. So Bachchan is able to provide plenty of invaluable inputs to Abhishek’s preparation.”
This will be Deepika’s fourth historical epic with the celebrated Bhansali. The movie will be produced by Bhansali and directed by debutant Jasmeet Reen.