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Salman starrer 'Jaaneman' in trouble

Sajid Nadiadwala's project is in trouble after Sallu was sentenced to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Jodhpur.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 13:45 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Sajid Nadiadwala's Salman Khan starrer Jaaneman is in trouble after the actor was sentenced Monday to five years' rigorous imprisonment in Jodhpur on a charge of poaching a chinkara, a protected species of gazelle.

The film was in the final stages of production and was due for an August release, reports Bollywood Trade.

Vivek Vaswani, group advisor of Nimbus Motion Pictures, who struck a pricey deal with Nadiadwala for distribution rights in Mumbai, said: "We have decided to wait and watch the situation for some time. One cannot rule out intermittent delays in the little work that needs to be completed besides the likely shift in the probable release timing."

Nevertheless, Vaswani is determined to stand by the actor.

"Salman is an old friend and I have known him since the Patthar KePhool days. I am severely disturbed by the judgment. Instead of punishing him with a rigorous imprisonment of five years, it would have been befitting to fine him to the tune of Rs.10 million and set up a sanctuary for endangered species."

Akbar Khan set to make Changez Khan in English. After his disastrous Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, filmmaker Akbar Khan has decided to go ahead with yet another historical epic and is getting ready for Genghis Khan in English.

"I have deliberately chosen to make it an English language film because I want to prove that English language films aren't merely the domain of Hollywood producers. Indian producers are equally capable of making quality English language productions with the same technical finesse and special effects," said Khan.

Khan has already started research on the film and is planning to have an international cast for it, reports Bollywood Trade.

"I am hoping to rope in some prominent Hollywood names in it," he said, adding that the film will be shot in Mongolia, Uzbekistan and several other places in the world.

Interestingly, Khan plans to portray the ruthless Mongol king as a great visionary. He said: "We only know him as a villain, whose quest for power made him an autocratic dictator. Few of us know that he was also a great visionary who built palaces, edifices and bridges."

The film will go on floors sometime in December 2006.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 13:45 IST