It is unlikely , if not impossible that director Ali Abbas Zafar, until recently Salman’s most favourite filmmaker, would return to direct the next instalment of Tiger Zinda Hai.
Apparently Salman and Ali had massive arguments during the shooting of Bharat .
Says a source close to the project. “Ali was willing to concede that Salman was the final word on how the film is to be shot. But the director was no novice. He was not willing to accept Salman’s intervention after every shot. Salman’s ego couldn’t take that.”
Rumour has it that Zafar is doing his next film with Shah Rukh Khan while Salman is looking for another director to take over the Tiger franchise .
Interestingly Ali Abbas Zafar had taken over the Tiger franchise from Kabir Khan after the latter had a fallout with Salman.
Some months ago when I had asked Ali about the rift rumours he laughed away these rumours. “This is all rubbish being spread by people who can’t bear to see us sharing such a warm and stress-free rapport for so long.There was no stress at all regarding any aspect of the film between us. He was very very supportive right through the making of not just Bharat but also Sultan and Ek Tha Tiger.”
But it looks like the rumours were true after all.