Alia Bhatt who has worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for her upcoming movie Gangubai Kathiawadi revealed that she wanted to work with the director for a long time. She had also auditioned for Black, at the time when she was just 9 years old.
Alia said, “My biggest inspiration before I began the film and through my film was my director sitting right here. I have wanted to be directed by him ever since I was 9-years-old. That’s when I first walked into his house to audition for another film he was making at that time.”
Alia revealed that she had auditioned for Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukerji starrer Black. Though her audition didn’t go well, the director saw ‘a fire’ in her eyes. She said, “I was terrible, which is why I did not get the part. But he looked at me, and he narrates that story even now, he looked into my eyes and said to himself that ‘she is going to be a heroine, a big actor someday. He saw that fire in my eyes when I was 9 years old. I remember very clearly from that time onwards, my one point focus became one day I had to be directed by him.”
Gangubai Kathiawadi marks the first-ever collaboration of Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie is an adaptation of one of the chapters of Hussain Zaidi’s book, ‘Mafia Queens Of Mumbai’. The movie also stars Ajay Devgn, Vijay Raaz and Jim Sarbh.