Deepika Padukone to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansalis Baiju Bawra?
While the actor to play the crazily talented singer Baiju in the love story Baiju Bawra is yet to be decided, Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is remaking the musical classic Baiju Bawra has zeroed in on his second-favourite actress (Aishawarya Rai Bachchan being the first) to play Baijus love interest Gauri.The role was originally played by Meena Kumari in 1952s Baiju Bawra directed by Vijay Bhatt. Sources say Bhansali feels Deepika comes closest to conveying the dignity and tragic grandeur of Meena Kumari.Of course, the role of Gauri would be very different now. But the essence of the character remains unchanged, informs the source.Also, it seems the heroines role in Bhansalis Baiju Bawra would be significantly increased. Meena Kumari, in the original, didnt have that much to do. The entire focus was on Bharat Bhushan as the commoner who usurps the legendary singer Tansen from Emperor Akbars durbar. Not so in Bhansalis re-make.