Irrfan & Priyanka Will Bring Alive the Sahir Ludhianvi Biopic
Set aside all the rumours, hearsay and conjecture. It is finally Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra, who will bring to life the legendary poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and his muse, the bohemian author Amrita Pritam.
Completely discarding recent claims that Irrfan is unable to give dates to the project, a source close to the Gustakhiyan unit says,
Priyanka Chopra too has been all but finalised for some time and is now on board. Apparently producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali had made up his mind to cast her during the making of Bajirao Mastani.
Gustakhiyan will be directed by debutante Jasmeet Reen. The film will chronicle the tumultuous blow-hot-blow-cold relationship between the iconic poet Sahir Ludhianvi and author Amrita Pritam, an association that lasted for nearly forty years. It was rumoured that Bhansali was thinking of signing his Mastani Deepika Padukone for Amrita Pritam's role. But it was felt all along that Priyanka's personality suited Pritam’s character to pitch perfection. As for Irrfan, he was always the first choice for Sahir.
There haven been reports suggesting that Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who produces Gustakhiyan, is also directing the project. But sources close to SLB dismiss this as 'bunk'.
(The love of Lata Mangeshkar's voice and Hindi movies - in that order - has propelled Subhash K Jha to the pursuit of journalism for over 30 years.)
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