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Bharat Is Salman Khan’s Move Into Akshay’s Market

Subhash K . Jha

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Akshay Kumar has no monopoly over playing the nationalistic  patriotic hero with a social conscience.Admittedly he has done so with impressive success in his  recent films like Airlift, Toilet Ek Prem Katha and PadMan.

 But it’s now  time for Akshay to make room for another superstar in  the patriotic market.

Salman  Khan intends  to make a spectacular impact as  Bharat  in  his friend and collaborator  Ali Abbas Zafar’s  Bharat . In  the film the superstar Khan’s character takes  India and Indians  through  71 years  of  independence as seen through the eyes of  a common man.

Says director Ali Abbas Zafar, “We have worked thoroughly on Indian history and on the adaptation of text.We’re going to attempt a comprehensive  view  of  the  factors that shaped Indian and  the Indian ethos.”

 Standing tall at  the centre of  this historical India  is Salman Khan who will be named Bharat, the name that yestereryears’ legend Manoj Kumar  took for his  character in his timeless  paeans  to patriotism  like Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim and Roti Kapada AurMakaan.

According to  a source in the know, “Salman’s Bharat  will be closer in spirit to Manoj Kumar’s Bharat than Akshay Kumar’s patriotic heroes. Salman will pitch his appeal very close to the Indian heart. He will aim to be be the most Indian hero since RajKapoor and Manoj Kumar.”

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