Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced his next directorial venture ‘Baiju Bawra’ that is scheduled to release on Diwali 2021.

Touted as the filmmaker’s most ambitious film, the project comes after Bhansali shelved ‘Inshallah’ with Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt and announced that his production house would be co-producing ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ with Alia in the lead.

“After the release of #GangubaiKathiawadi on 11 Sep 2020, Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make his most ambitious film project…Titled #BaijuBawra…Revenge story of a maverick maestro…#Diwali2021 release” read a statement from SLB Productions’ social media handles.

Interestingly, it now appears that the director will be battling it out with his favourite actress Deepika Padukone as her film ‘Mahabharat’ has also been scheduled for a release on the same day. It was only two days prior to the big announcement that the actress revealed that she would play the role of Draupadi in the film that would also be her second co-production.

Considering all that is riding on the films for both the actress and the director, it remains to be seen if they will bow out of a clash or stick to their guns and go to battle with their epic flicks.

While Deepika’s film will be narrated from a female’s perspective, Bhansali’s will be a musical revenge drama of a maverick maestro.