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Kareena Kapoor hints at ending feud with Sanjay Leela Bhansali: I still have a chance to work with him

Updated on: 16 November,2023 03:06 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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On Koffee With Karan 8, Kareena Kapoor hinted at ending the feud with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The actress said she still has a chance to work with him

Kareena Kapoor hints at ending feud with Sanjay Leela Bhansali: I still have a chance to work with him

Kareena Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Key Highlights

  1. Kareena Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s feud has been going on for over 3 decades
  2. It seems they`re cordial now as Kareena hinted on Koffee With Karan 8
  3. The actress said she still has the chance to work with Sanjay

Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of the actresses who has managed to work with probably every top filmmaker in her illustrious career spanning over two decades. Be it Karan Johar, Vishal Bhardwaj, or Reema Kagti, she collaborated with the best to create unique stories for the silver screen. Despite being on top of every director and producer's list, Kareena is yet to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

In the past, Kareena did the look test for the role of Paro in Sanjay's Devdas. However, she wasn't chosen for the role. The character eventually was played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the rest is history. In a statement, Kareena expressed her disappointment and vowed to never work with the maverick filmmaker. 

Now, on Koffee With Karan 8, Kareena said she still has the chance to work with Sanjay, hinting at the end of their feud. During the rapid-fire round, Karan Johar asked her who was a better Sanjay Leela Bhansali muse among Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Alia, who was with Kareena in the episode, said, "Please don't say my name. Just take anybody else's name." Kareena answered the question and said, "I still have a chance to work with him (Bhansali). So…"

In an old interview with Filmfare, Kareena said, "I’ll never. What he did to me was wrong. He screen-tested me for Devdas, gave me a signing amount, then took someone else. That was wrong, it hurt especially because I was at the start of my career. It’s okay, because the day he dropped me, I signed Yaadein. Sanjay hurt me. Even if I have no work, I’ll never work with him."

Sanjay reacted to the claim and shared, "She came to my house with Neeta Lulla and said she wanted to work with me. I told her that I hadn’t seen her work and that before casting her, I needed to see what she was capable of. We fixed up a photo shoot with the right costumes. Since Babitaji and Karisma Kapoor were also at the shoot, I made it clear to all of them that the shoot wasn’t a confirmation that I would cast Kareena. They were okay with that at the time. After going through the photographs, I told Kareena that I felt Aishwarya Rai was fabulous and perfect for Paro; she has the aristocratic looks I required. Kareena didn’t say a word then but some days later I found her lashing out at me in print. She accused me of backing out after having given her the signing amount and contract. Believe me, this is not true. She also said I didn’t know how to make films."

Kareena was selected for Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela with Ranveer Singh. However, at the last minute, the actress opted out of the film and Deepika Padukone was chosen to play the role of Leela. 

Kareena ventured into OTT with Sujoy Ghosh's film, Jaane Jaan. Her next films are The Buckingham Murders and Singham Again.

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