Sanjay Leela Bhansali has reportedly refused Deepika Padukone’s request to direct the ambitious project ‘Draupadi’.
Despite being good friends, Bhansali has his hands full with other projects and has politely turned down the offer for the Padukone starrer.
A source was cited in Box Office Worldwide saying, “Of course, the two bonded very well and for Deepika Padukone, Bhansali was like a mentor. When she announced the ambitious epic, Draupadi, it didn’t have a director on board. Since the script followed a template from Indian history and mythology, Deepika felt, her close friend, Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be the best to direct. However, she was shocked when Bhansali politely refused the offer as he preferred on making his dream projects like Gangubai Kathiawadi and Baiju Bawra.”
The report further stated that Bhansali had offered Padukone a special song in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, which she reportedly refused.
The source added, “But it’s all temporary. The two are thorough professionals, and when SLB approaches DP with another script, she will definitely come on board if she likes what is written. Right now, both are busy with their own work, which has probably resulted in cut off from conversations. But another collaboration will happen and this cold war will end. You never know, they might just come together on Baiju Bawra once Gangubai Kathiawadi is out of SLB’s system.”
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