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Love and War: Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Confirms New Film With Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, and Alia Bhatt.

Acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has officially announced his new highly anticipated film titled ‘Love and War’. The romantic period drama will star Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

Love and War marks Bhansali’s reunion with Kapoor after 17 years. Their last collaboration was for the hit film Black in 2007. This also marks the filmmaker’s first project with Kaushal who has been wanting to work with Bhansali for a long time. Additionally, Bhansali reunites with Bhatt post the massive success of their last outing Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Love and War Movie Announcement

The announcement of Love and War was made by Bhansali Productions on January 24, 2024. It has generated great excitement among fans who can’t wait to see this fresh pairing on screen.

Kapoor and Kaushal will be sharing screen space for the first time after Sanju in 2018. Kapoor and Bhatt will be reuniting after their recent blockbuster Brahmastra.

Love and War is slated for a Christmas 2025 release. It will be shot extensively in India as well as some international locations. The film will mark Bhansali’s return to his trademark grand romantic dramas with big budgets, picturesque sets and soulful music..

Bhansali To Explore Romance Genre Again

After trying his hand at bold subjects and gray characters in films like Ramleela and Bajirao Mastani, Bhansali returns to romance with Love and War.

As per sources close to the director, he has been wanting to make a pure love story for some time. The source revealed, “SLB feels this is the best time to make a love story and is very excited to tap this genre.”

His grand romantic films like Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam are considered classics. Fans are eager to see what magic Bhansali creates with his three favorite actors.

Ranbir-Bhansali Reunite After 17 Years

Love and War will mark Ranbir Kapoor’s reunion with mentor Bhansali after almost 17 years. They last worked together in Bhansali’s second directorial venture, the critically acclaimed Black.

Since then Kapoor has been vocal about wanting to team up again with the filmmaker who played a key role in shaping his acting skills and style. Kapoor had even done cameo appearances in Bhansali’s films Saawariya and Bajirao Mastani.

Both have been trying to collaborate but were waiting for the right script. Bhansali has finally green lit a story that appealed to Kapoor.

Alia Bhatt: Bhansali’s New Favourite

After the massive success of Gangubai Kathiawadi, Alia Bhatt has become one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s favorite actors. Their good equation is quite evident.

Bhatt’s phenomenal performance as Gangubai won her loads of accolades. The film emerged as one of the biggest Bollywood hits of 2022.

According to insiders, Bhansali has designed an author-backed role for Bhatt in Love and War. Their second collaboration within a short span highlights the mutual admiration between the actor-director duo.

Bhatt is expected to commence shooting after wrapping up her Hollywood debut Heart of Stone co-starring Gal Gadot.

Bhansali’s Dream Project

Love and War has been a dream project for Sanjay Leela Bhansali for many years. The maverick filmmaker has been working on the script with his team for a long time.

In various interviews, Bhansali had hinted about making a love story next. He shared how his heart lies in old-school romance.

After exploring dark themes like murder, trauma, and violence in his recent projects, Bhansali is set to present an epic love saga.

His films are known for their grand sets, costumes, and music. Fans are excited to see what enchanting world he will create with Love and War.

The cast and crew are expected to be announced soon. Preetisheel Singh will likely design prosthetics and look for the characters. Sudeep Chatterjee may handle cinematography again.

Love and War’s shoot is eyeing a late 2024 start. The keenly awaited film will definitely be among the biggest releases of 2025.

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