SLB on directing Salman Khan in ‘Inshallah’: “My fondness for him is pure”

Jeetesh Luhar



Salman Khan is all set to reunite with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after years with the film ‘Inshallah.’ The movie also stars Alia Bhatt as the female lead and it’s her first outing with both Khan and Bhansali.

The movie was announced yesterday and Khan took to his Twitter page and wrote, “It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey.”

Bhansali was asked how Khan say yes to ‘Inshallah’ and the filmmaker replied, “It was a beautiful, breezy evening. We were sitting in the lawn of his home, and as soon as the narration ended, Salman turned to me, saying, “When do we start?” It took me back to my two-and-a-half-hour narration of Khamoshi: The Musical. We were in his bedroom then and he kept looking at himself in the mirror. I was wondering if he’d even heard me, but when I finished, he told me exactly what he’d liked in the story, making me realise that he is very sharp, and one shouldn’t presume anything with him.”

The director further said, “We’ve had a few issues in the past but whenever we met, even sporadically, we took up from where we’d left off without dwelling on the past and the difference of opinions we might have had. My fondness for him is pure, and Salman, once he offers his friendship, even if you don’t meet or talk in five years, he’s there waiting for you. He’s never told me that he’s liked a shot, a song or a film I’ve made but has expressed his appreciation for my work to others when he didn’t need to.”

Bhansali spoke about how he wanted to work with Khan after many years, reports DNA India. He said, “After Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Saawariya, he and I needed to make one film together, if not 10 more. I’m glad Inshallah happened. From my understanding of him, as a man, an actor and a superstar, I know this is the right film for us to come together.”

‘Inshallah’ will be co-produced by Khan under his home banner Salman Khan Films.

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