Rani Mukerji keen to sign Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next, appear with Aishwarya Rai in Padmavati?

Years ago, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali had stated on an episode of Koffee with Karan Season 1 that while Aishwarya Rai is a star, Rani Mukerji is a brilliant actor. If reports are to be believed, he is planning to get the two actors on-board for his next, the period drama, Padmavati.

Rani Mukerji and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. File Photo

Rani Mukerji and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. File Photo

While Deepika Padukone plays the titular character in the film, it was earlier reported that he had approached Rai for a song sequence in Padmavati. Now, Stardustreports that the filmmaker had approached Mukerji to play a part in the film. However, Pinkvilla reports that the actor refused to play the role on grounds of repeating the same character on the silver screen.

But both the reports also state how Mukerji's spokesperson denied the news of the actor being offered a Bhansali film in the first place. The reports quote the spokesperson as saying, "There is no truth to this at all. Rani Mukerji would never refuse a film from Bhansali. She is waiting for him to offer her something and she would do it in a flash. She is looking forward to working with him soon."

This is quite a cue for Bhansali to approach Mukerji for his next. While it may not be for Padmavati, the cine buffs would love to see it happen, particularly if she shares the screen space with Rai for the first time.

The two contemporaries experienced a minor rift in their friendship back in early 2000s when Mukerji replaced Rai in Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte as the male lead, Shah Rukh Khan, had a fallout with Rai after an altercation with her then-boyfriend Salman Khan on the sets of his home production.

Pinkvilla also speculates that Mukerji is planning to return to the movies with filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar's next. Mukerji was last seen in Sarkar's 2014 cop drama Mardaani. She has also collaborated with the director on Laaga Chunari Mein Daag in 2007.

But it is her creative partnership with Bhansali that has won her more accolades. She won the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for his critically acclaimed film Black in 2005. Mukerji has also done a cameo in his next film, the 2007 romantic saga, Saawariya.


Published Date: Feb 02, 2017 03:10 pm | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 03:29 pm

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