Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Bhansali's treat for his film's crew!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

By HT

Mumbai, Dec. 18 -- Fifteen years ago, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali first dreamt of making a movie based on the famous love story of Bajirao and Mastani. Back then, he wanted to cast Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the film, but the project never materialised.

However, now, the film is finally being made with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead. Earlier this week, the crew even finished shooting the first schedule of the movie.

Emotional on seeing the project finally taking shape, Bhansali took his crew, and Ranveer, out for dinner to thank them. "He took everyone to a restaurant and gave them a treat for running from pillar to post to fulfil a dream that he saw many years ago," says a source from the unit.

The first schedule of the film started in October. The cast and crew will come together again in January for the next schedule. "By then, Deepika will also finish shooting for her film with Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan," adds the insider.