Years ago, Vishal Bhardwaj had gone to Sanjay Leela Bhansali with a script about reincarnation which he wanted Bhansali to direct. That film never happened. But now both the distinguished filmmaker's destinies are joined in a strange way. They both are all set to direct films on two different female gangsters based on the same source material.
Both the filmmakers have secured filmmaking rights from chapters out of S. Hussain Zaidi's bestseller about female gangsters Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. While Vishal Bhardwaj would soon be making a film based on Zaidi's account of Ashraf Khan alias Sapna, the gangster whose only mission in life is to eliminate her husband's killer Dawood, Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be directing a film based on the life and crimes of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali, the dreaded female crime lord who is known as 'The Madame of Kamathipura'.
Interestingly, both the films on female gangsters by Bhansali and Bhardwaj are expected to go on the floors at the same time next year.
Says our source, "Bhansali is as fascinated by Gangubai's life as Bhardwaj is by Ashraf Khan. The important thing is the principal casting. Both the directors have gone into other projects before taking on Hussain Zaidi's female gangsters' stories because they're still searching for the right actress. In the next couple of months, they would crack the casting."
In the meanwhile, another filmmaker Shashi Ranjan is already halfway through his bio-pic on another female gangster Archana Sharma. Ranjan confirms he is shooting Sharma's story with Mahima Chowdhary in the lead.