Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'magnum opus' project 'Bajirao Mastani', a tumultuous love story, is finally set to go on floors with rumoured couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone playing the lead roles.

While Ranveer will play the role of the 18th century Maratha general and statesman Bajirao Peshwa, the project will also have Priyanka Chopra in a key role. Though both Deepika and Priyanka will be a part of the film, it is still not clear who would play the role of Mastani.

"Preparations for 'Bajirao Mastani' is very intense. I will have to learn Marathi, horse riding, pick up the accent and do a lot of work for the character. I will have to shave off my hair, work on my look and the physical aspect," Ranveer said.

"I have allotted fair amount of time to prepare for this film. It is a large commitment for me to give (time) for one project but the film demands it and I am more than happy to do it. I believe in the director and the film. Through this film we are trying to achieve something that hopefully will be landmark in our cinema," Ranveer said.

The project has been close to Bhansali's heart as he had first planned the film with 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' stars Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

(Agencies)

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