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The ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally found the lead actors for his upcoming biopic on Sahir Ludhianvi. Talking about the same, Bhansali said in an interview with leading daily, “Sahir Saab was one of our most talented poet lyricists, his verses are still inspiring. To bring them back through his love story will be beautiful but also a huge responsibility. It’s a difficult film for the writer-director (Jasmeet Reen) too so I don’t want to be in a hurry but give it the darza it deserves”.

According to the reports, the makers of the biopic have zeroed in Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles. The lead duo last shared the screen in Anurag Kashyap’s 2018 romance-drama ‘Manmarziyaan’, which was about a love triangle between a strong headed woman, played by Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky played an aimless guy, and Abhishek as a level headed guy. The upcoming biopic will mark their second outing together.

A source near the development revealed that the film will go on floors in October-December this year, “Both Abhishek and Taapsee have loved the story and are looking forward to collaborating again. However, they are yet to sign on the dotted line. Once the formalities are locked, they will begin prep”.

The sources also said that the actress Taapsee Pannu was spotted outside SBL’s office in January, has been offered the role of novelist Amrita Pritam in the film.

Earlier, there were reports that Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra were in talks for the parts at different times. Irrfan Khan in an interview with Mirror said, “If it’s in my destiny I will play him in the biopic. If I don’t get the chance, I will bring shades of Sahir into my other roles”.

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