Bajirao Mastani has been in news since its inception. We all know that Salman Khan was the first choice to play the role of Bajirao but you will be surprised to read that he desperately wanted Katrina Kaif to be Mastani.
Everyone knows that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to make
Bajirao Mastani with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan, but after their break up it became impossible. But not
many people know that, Salman personally took Katrina to Sanjay's
home and said to the director that he wants Katrina to be his
Veteran journalist Subhash K Jha wrote a very interesting
article for Firstpost about Bajirao Mastani. According to
him, ''After the Aishwarya-Salman pair became un-achievable, Salman
wanted Bhansali to cast Katrina Kaif as Mastani. In fact, Salman
personally took Katrina to SLB's home and introduced her to the
director saying, 'This is your Mastani.' But, some things are not
meant to be. We may be able to imagine Katrina on a horse, but can
we imagine her speaking those chaste Hindi-Urdu lines?''
Subhash K Jha further revealed, ''In 2003, Bhansali decided to
make Bajirao Mastani with Salman and Kareena Kapoor.
Salman recommended Bhumika Chawla as Bajirao's first wife. Sanjay
Leela Bhansali did a screen test of Bhumika where, lamentably, her
saree caught fire with the diya. No damage was done, but that ended
Chawla's audition. Bhansali revived the project 12 years later. His
choice this time for Bajirao was Ajay Devgn, because of the
Maharashtrian backdrop. But Devgn asked for a fee that, according
to insiders, was staggering.''
Bajirao Mastani is slated to release on 18th December
and it stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in
the lead roles.
Salman Khan Katrina Kaif
When Salman Khan was dating Katrina Kaif, he wanted her to play
his Mastani in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao
(In Pic-Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif on the sets of Ek Tha
Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought of making Bajirao Mastani
even before Khamoshi-The Musical. Later, He thought of
making it after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan and Salman Khan.
(In Pic-Salman and Katrina)
After the success of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Sanjay
Leela Bhansali wanted to cast Salman Khan as Bajirao and Aishwarya
Rai Bachchan as Mastani in Bajirao Mastani.
(In Pic-ETT promotions)
After seeing Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's hot chemistry on-screen and off-screen, Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to make Bajirao Mastani with them.
(In Pic-Salman and Katrina on a TV show)
Bajirao Mastani also stars Priyanka Chopra in the role
of Kashibai. She is playing Ranveer Singh's wife in the movie.
Bajirao Mastani will hit the screens on December
(In Pic-Katrina Kaif with Salman Khan)