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Here’s why Sanjay Leela Bhansali believed in Alia Bhatt for Gangubai

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the ace filmmakers of the industry he has created some of the amazing masterpieces in the history of Indian cinema. The filmmaker believes in not giving very specific and comprehensive instructions to the actors so that they can use their imaginations.

Talking about the 30-second scene in the movie in which Alia’s character is on the phone with her mother and then bursts on the operator. He has revealed that instead of providing her clear instructions, he himself burst in front of Alia in a circumstance. In response to the scenario, he stated that it was this moment that made him sure of his decision to cast Alia as Gangubai.

Talking about the scene, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was quoted as saying, “That was the whole idea that a 16-year-old girl gets trapped into this business, discovers this sordid world and gets up and says, ‘no I have a voice, I have my rights.’ I wanted that passion in the eyes. This girl (Alia) has very powerful eyes. This girl has certain amount of a vocal power that she has that when she explodes….”
During an interview, he revealed the incident that occurred during Alia’s preparation for the role, “She was sitting on a chair and I wanted a certain atmosphere. So, suddenly, I saw some staff laughing or giggling and I presumed that they were laughing at me. And then I exploded. All the actors on the set became quiet. It was my way of reaching those vibes to her, of feeling the nerves of calling the mother, of getting the anger filled, and at what note it should explode.”

“I never told her. Till date she doesn’t know that this is what I did to get her into that space. But as a director, I don’t like to give direct instructions to people, because it limits the actor’s imagination,” he added.

Gangubai Kathiawadi was released in theatres last Friday and has so far grossed about 57 crore in India.


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