Bhansali trying to get Lata Mangeshkar to croon for ‘Padmavati’


Maverick filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who cites Lata Mangeshkar as his biggest inspiration for taking up filmmaking, is trying to rope in the Melody Queen to sing a track in his upcoming film ‘Padmavati’.

A report in entertainment site SpotboyE quoted a source close to the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ maker as saying, “It is Bhansali’s dream to make Lataji sing a song in his film. But Lataji has not yet replied to his request.”

According to insiders, Bhansali has always been trying to approach Lata Mangeshkar for his movies since the longest time, but she has refused the filmmaker due to some reason or the other. Now, only time will tell if the 86-year-old singer agrees to croon for him this time.

Bhansali was awarded the Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, named after Lataji’s late father, in April this year. While Lataji couldn’t present the award herself, she spoke to Bhansali for half-an- hour over the phone. “Believe me, it was the most precious moment of my life as an artiste,” an ecstatic Bhansali had said then.

Lata Mangeshkar’s last song in a Bollywood film was ‘Tere hasne se’ for 2011 film ‘Satrangee Parachute’.

Meanwhile, the music recording of the movie commenced last month and Shreya Ghoshal, who made her Bollywood singing debut with Bhansali’s 2002 film ‘Devdas’, has already recorded a song.

‘Padmavati’ is a period drama which will revolve around the character of Sultan Alauddin Khilji - the second sultan of the Khilji dynasty and former ruler of the Delhi sultanate - and his obsessive love for Rani Padmavati of Mewar - who was renowned for her beauty and intellect.

The movie brings together the super-hit combo of Ranveer, Deepika and Bhansali for the third time after ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela - Ram Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’.  Deepika will be seen in the titular role, while Ranveer will essay Alauddin Khilji. Shahid Kapoor has been roped in to play Deepika’s on-screen husband Ratan Singh in the film.   

The movie will go on floors in September and will hit the big screen on 15 December 2017.