Did you know THIS actress was offered Deepika Padukone’s role in ‘Ram-Leela’…
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2013 directorial ‘Ram Leela’ was a blockbuster at the box office. The romantic drama featuring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone went on to mint approx Rs 220 crores at the box office. Ranveer- Deepika’s on-screen chemistry was one of the highlights of the movie. Interestingly, the duo fell for each other during the shoot of the film.
After their successful venture, Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali roped in the couple for his next two movies- ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Padmaavat’. Recently, we got our hands on, an unknown fact about Bhansali’s ‘Ram-Leela’. According to journalist Bharathi Pradhan’s book, Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse. When Kareena Kapoor Khan walked out of ‘Ram-Leela’, PeeCee was approached and she readily agreed to play the female lead. (Also Read:Pool Time: Priyanka Chopra spends a sunny Sunday with her adorable niece!)
However, director Bhansali decided to get Deepika Padukone on-board replacing Priyanka at the last minute. In an interview earlier, SLB Productions’ former CEO, Sandeep Singh was quoted saying, “It was her desire to work with Bhansali and I believe that to this day, no film has fully tapped her talent. Anyway, shooting started with Deepika. PC was understandably no longer on talking terms with us.” Destiny had better plans for the actress, who later starred in ‘Mary Kom‘ and also a won National Award for the same.
Later, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had also said, “When creative people get together, it’s important they realise that what they’re creating is more important than you or me. Then came Mary Kom and I realised that this was a film she should do and must do but (given the strained circumstances) whether she would or not. But she also understood that this was a separate film, an independent idea, not linked with the other film. She doesn’t let go of opportunities.”
Buring the hatchet, PeeCee later did a special dance number in ‘Ram-Leela’. Speaking of her recent projects, Priyanka will be next seen in ‘Bharat’ featuring Salman Khan .
When Sanjay Dutt didn't wake up for two days after taking drugs
Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s son, Sanjay Dutt‘s life has been a roller-coaster ride. Born in 1959, Sanjay Dutt’s life has always been under the media scanner. Though we know how eventful his life has been, after watching the trailer of his upcoming biopic ‘Sanju’, we all were quite surprised to know certain things about the various phases of this actor’s life. The film will apparently highlight all the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt’s life in which his addiction to drugs will also form an integral part.
We came across an old video interview of the actor with veteran actress Simi Garewal from her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. In this interview, the actor spilled the beans on how badly his life got affected by his addiction to drugs. He went on to narrate an incidence where he once sniffed Heroin and went on to sleep for straight two days! (Also Read:‘Sanju’: Rajkumar Hirani recreates a scene from ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ after 15 years!)
Sanjay woke up in the morning next day feeling extremely hungry. He asked his servant to make something for him but was shocked to see his servant cry. When Sanjay asked him why he was crying, the servant told him that he had woken up after two long days. This specific incident had left his entire family scared. After this episode, the actor understood that it was time to wake up and smell the coffee before it gets too late.
You can check out his full interview below:
The actor later went into rehabilitation and came out clean. ‘Sanju’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala in pivotal roles, the film is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the word perfection go hand in hand. The man is extremely particular when it comes to his film and takes care of even the minutest details in every scene. This is also the reason why most of his films are blockbusters. One of the actors who was privileged enough to work with this man is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. Mr Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with SLB’s directorial ‘Saawariya’. Though the movie did not work wonders at the box office, it did give a fair amount of recognition to Ranbir.
In a recent interaction with senior journalist Anupama Chopra, the actor recalled his ‘Saawariya’ days and spoke about the no. of retakes he had to deliver for one particular scene in the song ‘Jab Se Tere Naina.’ (Also Read:In Pics: Lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt’s residence)
The actor said,” I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I had to turn my head, I probably had to give 50 takes. There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song and he’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes.”
Well, that is something huge but then if you wish to get appreciation from a man like Bhansali, you ought to put in that much amount of effort.