Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given Bollywood one of the finest films in this era and everyone knows him for being a perfectionist. When he plans a movie, he already has his vision in place and knows how to go about it. His next movie is Gangubai Kathiawadi which also stars Alia Bhatt and for the movie Bhansali built a huge set to capture the old world Kamathipura. Now due to the lockdown, it has hit the makers of the biopic really hard as they have been paying enormous bills to keep their set on the ground.
But now, we hear given that there’s no clarity on when filming will begin again, Bhansali has decided to deconstruct his set for now. A trade source tells us, “It’s a good decision on his part because it’s still unclear if the shoot will begin anytime soon. The producers are still paying daily rent for the set to Film City. They have now calculated that even if the shoot resumes somewhere around September-October as is being discussed, it will be a more practical call to demolish the set now and create a similar one again.” Reports say they have already incurred losses at Rs 15 crore at least. “It would be a smaller loss compared to if they continued to keep this set. Monsoons will hit the set badly and it will anyway get destroyed. So paying regular rent is not feasible. Constructing a new set is what still seems to be a better option here. The set is huge, and reflects Kamathipura from the ’60s so it will take another Rs 12-13 crore to build it again. The remaining Rs 2 crore is the sum that the makers have lost because of the lockdown and the Coronavirus outbreak.” We reached out to the producers and the team but they remained unavailable for comment.