Ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is celebrating his birthday today. On the occasion, the makers of Gangubai Kathiawadi will drop the first teaser of the film. The Alia Bhatt starrer will grace the silver screen on July 30, 2021. On SLB’s birthday, an old interview has been doing rounds on the internet. Do you know that the filmmaker had roped in the actress for a venture nearly a decade back, which also had Ranbir Kapoor?
Alia and Ranbir are to feature together on the big screen in the much-delayed project, Brahmastra. However, Bhansali had envisioned the pair sharing screen space for a Balika Vadhu feature. At the time, Ranbir was 20 while Alia was 11 and the two had even done a photoshoot together. Ranbir revealed this anecdote during a 2017 interview. During the interaction, he heaped praises on Alia’s performance in Highway. He said that he was a fan of Alia since and even recalled telling a friend that she is Amitabh Bachchan.
Alia, during a promotional event for Imtiaz Ali’s Highway in 2014, admitted that Bhansali sensed real chemistry between her and Ranbir back then. She said that Ranbir was assisting the filmmaker and she was all of 12 when she met him for the first time. Recalling the photoshoot she did with Ranbir back then, Alia said, “I was so shy that I had to keep my head on his (Ranbir) shoulder and I could not do it. Bhansali sir was saying I was flirting with Ranbir.”
Ranbir and Alia have been dating for three years now. The duo fell in love on the sets of their upcoming film, Brahmastra directed by Ayan Mukerji. A wedding has also been on the cards for them for a while now, however, pandemic forced to push the plans. Meanwhile, a new look poster from Gangubai Kathiawadi was shared by Alia today on social media.