Salman Khan’s next is Atul Agnihotri’s production, a remake of Korean film ‘Ode to my Father’ which released in 2014. It’s come to light that Agnihotri has bagged the Eid 2019 slot for the film’s release.
The film, which is apparently titled ‘Bharat’, is to be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar if rumours are to be believed. Agnihotri tells Pune Mirror, “That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat”.
Agnihotri saw the film in Berlin and instantly thought he wanted to make is in Hindi. He adds, “It starts in 1947 and ends in 2000 and is the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat”.
On why he decided not to direct the film himself, he reveals, “I feel I contribute better as a producer. Ali is a friend, I love his work and eventually it’s all about connecting with the source. If you speak to him, you will realise that Ali is far more passionate about the material. We will be shooting in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi. Prep in every department will be elaborate and is happening even as we speak. Casting will be our main agenda over the next three months and since it’s a character-driven story, we will take actors who fit the parts. It won’t be about getting names together but will be honest in its depiction”.
“Bharat a character that I thought would resonate with him. It’s a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job,” adds the producer.
The film is expected to go on the floors in Apil 2018.