Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ekta Kapoor have drawn swords over ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Grapevine has it that the two heavyweights of the entertainment industry who had mutual admiration earlier share cold vibes now.
Apparently, Bhansali who dreamt of making a film on ‘Bajirao Mastani’, is spending sleepless nights over Ekta’s television show on the same love story. SLB has been trying to persuade the television channel in question to delay, or better still, trash the programme all together.
Ekta Kapoor, who has secretly been working on the epic tale for the past three months, is planning to launch it by early next year. This has rattled Bhansali, who wants to be the first one to tell the story.
Talking to a daily, a sources said, "He is trying to sabotage Ekta`s plans. But then everything is fair in love and war. And these two are currently locked in a big business battle. People in the film and television circles are talking about it. Some of them are caught in the crossfire."
The source added, "’Bajirao Mastani’ is very close to Bhansali`s heart. He keeps reviving it every few years. He had started working on it before ‘Saawariya’ and ‘Guzaarish’. He would love it if he can put just that on floors very soon."
Ekta, on the other hand, is adamant to go ahead with her TV show. "Why should she stop simply because Bhansali wants her to? She is aware that Bhansali has met some people who matter in the TV industry to dissuade them from the show," said the source.