Ever since Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced his upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt, the buzz is sky-high. Bhansali announced Gangubai after Inshallah starring Salman Khan and Alia got shelved. Well, Bhansali was looking for a fresh and innocent face who can pull off a dark side too and this TV actor is roped in to play an important role opposite Alia as well.
It’s none other than Shantanu Maheshwari. Yes, you read it right. SLB really liked his audition tape and wants to cast him in the film. A source close to Pinkvilla revealed, “Sanjay Leela Bhansali was looking for a fresh face who would carry that innocence but still be convincing in a dark role. The team had auditioned Shantanu Maheshwari and they loved his tape. SLB also was immensely impressed by him and he has not officially been signed on to play one of the lead roles opposite Alia in the film. He plays the role of Afsan in Gangubai. He will kickstart shoot for the film soon in Mumbai. Currently, the makers are filming Alia’s portions as a younger Gangubai in Film City.”
Although the news hasn’t been confirmed by the production house, we are waiting for the official announcement. Reportedly, Ajay Devgn is also playing an important role in the film and Bhansali is looking for three other cameos, including Shantanu’s.
Let’s wait and see who gets these cameos opposite Alia.