Same book inspires directors
Vishal Bhardwaj and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are reportedly set to direct films on two different female gangsters based on the same source material.
Both of them have secured filmmaking rights from chapters out of S Hussain Zaidi’s bestseller, Mafia Queens Of Mumbai, which is about female gangsters. While Bhardwaj will soon make a film based on Zaidi’s account of Ashraf Khan alias Sapna, the gangster whose only mission in life was to eliminate her husband’s killer, Dawood, Bhansali will direct a film based on the life and crimes of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali, the dreaded female crime-lord, known as The Madame Of Kamathipura.
Both films are expected to go on the floors at the same time next year. A source says, “The important thing for both directors is the principal casting. They are still searching for the right actresses. In the next couple of months, they will crack the casting.”