Baji Rao was a noted General, who served as Peshwa (Prime Minister) to fourth Maratha emperor Shahu from 1720 to 1740 .He was credited with expanding the Maratha empire.

Bhansali had been planning to make a film on Peshwa Bajirao and his ladylove Mastani for the last 15 years. He had conceptualised the project with his 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' star cast Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

According to the grapevine, Ranveer would be playing the role ‘Bajirao’ while Deepika would be playing his ladylove ‘Mastani’.

"He is in advance talks for the film. Till things are finalised we cannot say anything," Ranveer's spokesperson told reporters.

The names of several big actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan had also cropped up earlier but Ranveer seems to be the front-runner now.

Ranveer and Deepika had worked with Bhansali in his last directorial venture 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela', which was a hit.
According to sources, the film is likely to go on floors next year.

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