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Salman Khan hand-picks crew for his next film with Sooraj Barjatya

Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 06, 2014
First Published: 10:52 IST(6/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:58 IST(7/6/2014)
Salman Khan has been a Bollywood godfather of sorts for many talents, often suggesting actors for roles in his films.

And now the star is taking this responsibility further by cherry-picking most of the team members of his upcoming project with Sooraj Barjatya.

Right from the music composer to the technicians, Salman has personally selected the crew for the film that’s slated for a Diwali release next year.

Read: Salman Khan's next with Sooraj Barjatya titled Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

A source close to the production house reveals, "Salman has been hands on with this film. He is already discussing post-production marketing strategies, figuring out who will take care of the promotions, and also recommending members for the technical team. The final decisions have been taken by both him and Sooraj ji."

Music composer for the film, Himesh Reshammiya, confirms this, saying, "Salman bhai is playing an important part by giving his inputs and suggestions. He recommended me for this film, but the final decision was taken by both Sooraj ji and Salman."

The film’s team currently includes Himesh, lyricist Irshad Kamil, editor Sanjay Sankla and director of photography V Manikandan. The team, brought on board on Salman’s recommendation, includes some people he’s worked with in the past.

Himesh says, "It will be my first time collaborating with the Barjatyas. I will be composing nine romantic tracks for the film. Not many movies feature romantic numbers these days, but it’s a tradition with the Barjatyas. A film like this gives good scope to a music composer to experiment. I will be going back to my roots, since the songs will be on traditional lines."
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