Sanjay Leela Bhansali's last outing Padmaavat featured Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone as Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati. However, reportedly, the film was first offered to Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan but didn't eventually work out. Padmaavat, for Bhansali, was a true magnum opus that he had been wanting to make for years. While Padmaavat didn't reunite the two, reports of them collaborating for another film were doing rounds for the longest time. It is now a reality!
“There has always been curiousity when it comes to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film. While the fans celebrated his recent success at the Mirchi Music Awards with Padmaavat sweeping the album of the year and SLB winning the Music Composer of the year, they are also awaiting details on his next. Bringing in his birthday, SLB puts all speculations to rest as he announces his next directorial. The magic of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was missed by fans for 19 years and left them waiting for the director-actor to reunite. After Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, SLB and Salman Khan come together in a love story," a statement from Bhansali Production's CEO Prerna Singh read.
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After 19 Years #SalmanKhan And #SanjayLeelaBhansali are Coming Together !#TeamSalmanKhan
This comes a day before 24th February, Bhansali's 56th birthday. As per a report on Mumbai Mirror, the film might be jointly produced by his and Salman's production houses and is likely to go on floors once Salman finishes filming Dabangg 3.
Bhansali's directorial debut Khamoshi: The Musical starred Salman. But the duo struck gold with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, a timeless love story that is still loved.