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'Bajirao Mastani' star Bhumika Chawla discusses how Sanjay Leela Bhansali approached her for the role and how her saree caught fire during a photo session


Beginning with his 1999 film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali spent several years trying to produce Bajirao Mastani with a variety of ensembles. In the end, the film starred Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and was released in 2015.

Bhumika Chawla, who became well-known after appearing in the popular film Tere Naam in 2003, was one of the performers who was almost hired in the movie. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had contacted her for Bajirao Mastani around that time.

Bhumika revealed to Siddharth Kannan recently that even though SLB contacted her many years ago, things have changed since then. Bhumika said that one day, while carrying a tray full of diyas for a photo session with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a diya slipped and caught fire on her silk saree.

I did a picture session in his manner with Sir. Ghee and oil poured on my saree and it caught fire. I was wearing a silk saree and holding the diyas in his manner when it collapsed. I recall it happening,” she said.

Following the success of Tere Naam, Bhumika Chawla received offers for the films Jab We Met and Munnabhai MBBS. She said that the one time she was unhappy was when she signed on to shoot the movie Jab We Met but ultimately decided against it. When the film was still named Train, Bobby Deol and Bhumika were both potential cast members.

Shahid and Bhumika became involved afterwards, followed by Shahid and Ayesha Takia and Kareena Kapoor. Bhumika also said that despite signing up for Munnabhai MBBS, she ultimately decided against it. Additionally, her Mani Ratnam-starrer Kannathil Muthamittal failed to materialise. Bhumika stated that she did not linger over these lost possibilities and that she had moved on.

“That's the only time I've felt bad about losing a movie, when Jab We Met sign ki aur nahi hui,” the actor said. When it was still named Train, Bobby (Deol) and I were the first. Shahid (Kapoor) and I were next, followed by Shahid and Ayesha (Takia), and then Shahid and Kareena (Kapoor).

That's how it went down, but that's all right. I only had negative feelings once, never again, and I simply got over it. I don't give it much thought. Despite my agreement, Munna Bhai MBBS never materialised.It didn't happen to have Mani (Ratnam) sir and Kannathil Muthamittal, she stated.

Bhumika Chawla most recently appeared in the Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan movie with Salman Khan.


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