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Sanjay Leela Bhansali reveals details about Alia Bhatt, Salman Khan’s Inshallah, says it is not a dark film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali says Salman Khan is now a mega-star, with the ‘cult status of Rajinikanth’.

bollywood Updated: Mar 20, 2019 12:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Shah Rukh Khan,Salman Khan,Inshallah
Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt will team up for the first time with Inshallah.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah managed a casting coup of sorts when it brought together Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt. However, the speculation that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next will also cast Shah Rukh Khan are yet to be addressed. Salman and SRK have done cameos in each other’s films but their last project together remains Karan Arjun.

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A DNA report quoted a source as saying, “Sanjay has three scripts. One is Inshallah, which is an eternal love story, the other is on the lines of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), while the third is a two-hero period saga. SLB is talking to Shah Rukh and Salman for the second and the third, but he is presently making the first.”

Co-produced by Salman Khan Films and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, Inshallah reunites Salman and Bhansali after two decades, after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Bhansali has also said in an interview that Salman is now a mega-star, with the ‘cult status of Rajinikanth’.

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Asked if Salman has changed from the days of Khamoshi, Bhansali told Mumbai Mirror in an interview, “Oh, yes! Today he’s a mega-star, totally inaccessible, with the cult status of Rajinikanth sir, yet deep down he’s still a simple guy with a pure heart and a noble soul. After Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Saawariya, he and I needed to make one film together, if not 10 more. I’m glad Inshallah happened. From my understanding of him, as a man, an actor and a superstar, I know this is the right film for us to come together. I’ve been working on it for the last year-and-a-half, starting three months before Padmaavat released, to take my mind off things that were happening at the time. I wrote and reworked till I felt it was ready, then, went to him. It’s my 10th film, I want it to be my best.”

Alia and Salman will team up for the first time in Inshallah.

The filmmaker also claimed that Inshallah is a shift from his typical films. “It’s a younger film, the kind I’ve wanted to make for a long time after all the dark, intense, over dramatic ones. Life is not only about dark nights, it’s also about beautiful, sunshiny mornings. It’s a new chapter for me as a filmmaker,” he told the tabloid.

He also revealed he is producing a film on Balakot airstrike and Pulwama attack and shared that Sahir Ludhianvi biopic is still being written. Asked if the biopic is actually being made, he said, “I’l make it happen. Sahir saab was one of our most talented poet lyricists, his verses are still inspiring. To bring them back through his love story will be beautiful but also a huge responsibility. It’s a difficult film for the writer-director (Jasmeet Reen) too so I don’t want to be in a hurry but give it the darza it deserves.”

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Talking about the time he narrated the film to Salman, Sanjay said, “It was a beautiful, breezy evening. We were sitting in the lawn of his home, and as soon as the narration ended, Salman turned to me, saying, “When do we start?” It took me back to my two-and-a-half-hour narration of Khamoshi: The Musical. We were in his bedroom then and he kept looking at himself in the mirror. I was wondering if he’d even heard me, but when I finished, he told me exactly what he’d liked in the story, making me realise that he is very sharp, and one shouldn’t presume anything with him.”

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First Published: Mar 20, 2019 12:29 IST