Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Gangubai Kathiawadi is cited for release in July in Hindi and Tamil. As soon as the director finishes off Gangubai, it was believed that SLB is going to work on Izhaar with Shah Rukh Khan.
However, as per a source to the development, Bhansali is instead planning to finish off working for Baiju Bawra which he will release after Gangubai. "The filmmaker had officially announced Baiju Bawra in 2019 and he is sticking to his plans of making this epic next after the release of Gangubai. In fact, in the lockdown over the last year, he even took some time off to work on the script, screenplay, and music of Baiju Bawra. It’s his dream project and he is looking forward to commencing this journey once Gangubai and Heera Mandi are out of his system," told the source to a popular website.
The source further added, "While the story stems from the 1952 classic, Baiju Bawra, Bhansali is planning to bring in his own spin to this epic tale. The grandeur, music, and storytelling aside, the star-cast is said to be the main highlight of the film. If everything goes as planned, with actors giving combination shooting dates, this one will hit the floors by mid-2022."
"Baiju Bawra is a prep heavy film, which is to be mounted on a certain scale. Hence, SLB will take it on floors only when it’s safe to shoot without any restriction. Everyone in his production unit is optimistic that things will just improve from hereon, reaching normalcy by mid-2022. However, only if things don’t come under control, he might do something else on a smaller scale before Baiju Bawra. But at the moment, Baiju is his next," concluded the source. There are also some reports that SLB will unshelve Inshallah and this time Hrithik Roshan is going to play the lead. Nonetheless, no official confirmation has been made yet.