Deepika, Katrina in Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’

If the latest buzz is to be believed that Sanjay Leela Bhasali’s dream project will finally take off after 14 years. The project titled, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and Bhansali has zeroed on Deeepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif to play the two lead heroines. Bhansali wanted to make the film way back in 1999 with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai but their fall-out has shelved the project.

The historical epic will be based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao and his ladylove Mastani. Eros International will produce the big budget movie. A source close Bhansali said,  "After Ram Leela releases in October 2013, Bhansali will start with the pre production of Bajirao Mastani. He will begin shooting in April 2014.

Added the source, "Eros and Bhansali have had a fabulous working relationship during Ram Leela. Their collaboration on Bajirao Mastani will strengthen their association."

Sanjay Leela Bhasali has spoken to both Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone and they are keen to be part of the project. However, who will play Bajirao is not yet known but Ranbir Kapoor is under consideration.

Deepika will play Mastani and Katrina Kaif will play Bajirao's wife Kashibai

"Apparently, Bhansali has had a word with both Deepika and Katrina. The girls have shown tremendous interest," says the source. While this could be Katrina's first film with Bhansali, Deepika is looking forward to her second one with Bhansali. It would be interesting to see how the two ladies get along on the sets, considering what they have in common.

"All you need now is Ranbir Kapoor coming on board as Bajirao, and you have a Silsila all over again," smiles our source, adding, "Bhansali is yet to finalise any actor for Bajirao's role. Keep watching."