Bhansali and Bhatt with same plans

Earlier the buzz was about Sudhir Mishra and Anurag Kashyap who had the same plans, to do a sequel to ‘Devdas’. Now its the turn of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mahesh Bhatt who are planning to make a film on Lahore’s famous Red Light area, Heera Mandi.

While Mahesh Bhatt is planning to make a film based on Fauzia Saeed’s book titled ‘Taboo’, which deals with the hidden culture in the red light area of Lahore. When contacted Mahesh Bhatt said, “The film is based on Fauzia Saeed’s ‘Taboo’ which takes you on a journey through the eyes of those residing in the Shahi Mohalla, which is around Heera Mandi. The film will be co produced by Vishesh Films and Sohail Khan and the casting for the film will be decided only after the shooting dates are confirmed.” He also promised that the films cast will be a huge surprise.

Grapevine says that, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali has bought the rights of a book written by Mayank Austen Soofi book titled ‘A Sudden Visit to Pakistan: Heera Mandi The Dream Home of The Whores’ for a huge price. The film will be shot entirely in Lahore and will feature nine leading ladies and seven male stars. The films budget is said to be around Rs 75 crore. ”

Industry sources says, ” Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif are in Bhansali’s list to play the leading lady for the film and has has already started speaking to the lead actors and is in the process of finalising other details of the film.” When quizzed about this, Bhansali said, ‘It’s not true’ and denied this rumor from the industry.


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