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Rivalry and exacerbated competitiveness apart, Kangna Ranaut and Deepika Padukone have one thing in common. They’ve both paid a tribute to the mythical Madhubala.
In Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, Kangna played a character that was partly inspired by Madhubala. Now in Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB)’s Bajirao Mastani Deepika Padukone has paid a full-on tribute to Madhubala’s legendary Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya from K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam.
According to sources from the film’s team, SLB designed the entire song on Asif’s spectacular vision.
“The Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya number in Mughal-e-Azam was designed to showcase Madhubala’s beauty in all its glory. Director K Asif had shot the song in a spectacularly constructed ‘Sheesh Mahal’ set. Sanjay Bhansali has designed his song on his ‘Aaina Mahal’ set as a tribute to K Asif, Mughal-e-Azam and Deepika,” says a source from the film.
Apparently Deepika’s song Deewani mastani was specially composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali to replicate the captivating cadences of music composer Naushad’s Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya.
Says the source, “Sanjay Sir is the hugest fan of Lataji. He got Shreya Ghosal who is a direct descendent of the Lata Mangeshkar school of singing to do the needful in Bajirao Mastani.”
Deepika did the rest.
Says a source from the location, “Under the supervision of choreographer Remo D’Souza Deepika danced like a dream. This number will do to her what Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya did to Madhubala. And yes, Sanjay Bhansali has shot images if Deepika reflected in scores of her reflection in mirror images in his ‘Aaina Mahal’, just like K Asif had shot Madhubala in ‘Sheesh Mahal.”
The song is expected to take Deepika’s career to an all-new high.
“Sanjay Sir will present Deepika as the new-age Madhubala,” says a source close to Bhansali.
Incidentally Katrina Kaif is also expected to do a Madhubala in the Kishore Kumar bio-pic whenever it is made by Anurag Basu with Ranbir Kapoor in the title role.