With Sanjay Leela Bhansali packing up Inshallah even before the shooting started SalmanKhan’s ego has taken a big bruise. As far as the won’t-take-no Superstar is concerned he must make it into theatres for Eid by hook or by crook, if not the great Sanjay Leela Bhansali then Bhajaan Salman will settle for buddy Sajid Naidawala, or even fuddy-duddy buddy SubhashGhai(with whom Bhaijaan had a massive fallout once).
We’ve learnt from reliable sources that as soon as Inshallah was called off, Salman contacted Nadiadwala to ask if their Kick sequel can be rush-released for Eid 2020. Nadiadwala who never says no to anything ‘Salman’, is scratching his head wondering whether the script can be readied in time.
“Nothing about Kick 2 is finalized, except of course Salman.There is no script as yet.Nadiadwalais committed to getting the Kick sequel into theatres by the end of 2020. Let’s see if he can manage an Eid release,” says a source close to the development.
There is the other option . Subhash Ghai whom Salman once insulted publicly in unmentionable ways, has coaxed the ostensibly infallible star to do a film for him. Apparently Ghai wants to do a remake of Khalnaayak with Salman which Ghai will direct but not produce. Since the script for this one is all set Salman may just opt to do the Ghai film if Kick 2 doesn’t kick off as per his wish.
Let’s wait and watch.
Subhash Ghai who tried directing newcomers in his last directorial Kaanchi had once condemned the blind dependence on a handful of A-listers to carry a film to the boxoffice. “For 70 years I’ve been hearing that the story and treatment are all that matters. Unfortunately the whole trade seems to be controlled by stars rather than the story. Then there’s this new trend of 100-crore and 200-crore clubs. Finally though the producer gets just 10-20 percent of the profits.Earlier there was lasting relationships with exhibitors and distributors. 11 of my films were proudly premiered at Metro cinema in Mumbai. Now if they see 4 empty seats they pull out of my film. ”
Having burnt his fingers trying to break the star-system he is back genuflecting to it.