Salman Khan Productions to launch with Hero remake

Cineswami tells us all about the superstar’s new production company

Salman Khan has launched his own production company, Salman Khan Productions, with a slate of three films. First up will be a remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 hit Hero for which Ghai will also compose the music. Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty will star alongside Aditya Pancholi’s son Suraj Pancholi, who was in the news not so long ago for being questioned, jailed and then ultimately released in the aftermath of Jiah Khan/Nafisa Khan’s suicide in suspicious circumstances.

Also in the works is a Hindi remake of 2012 Punjabi hit Jatt & Juliet, a co-production with nasal crooner and composer and failed actor Himesh Reshammiya’s company HR Musik Ltd. The film will introduce new faces to Bollywood screens.

Puneet Issar, who debuted as a director with the 2004 hit Garv: Pride and Honour, starring Salman, and then made the execrable I Am Singh that released to scant audiences in 2011, will direct Salman again in an untitled period piece under the star’s banner. Issar of course will remain etched in Bollywood history for inadvertently delivering the near-fatal blow to Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s Coolie that had a nation praying for the megastar’s recovery. Issar’s wife, whatever her name is, is no slouch in the blows stakes, having administered a few to an NRI who did not stand up for the National Anthem at a cinema. Blows and Adita Pancholi are synonymous, but as he is too easy a target we shall spare him.

The Hero remake will begin shooting in November. Salman already has a production house Being Human Productions that debuted in 2011 with Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari’s Chillar Party. Being Human Productions was set up to make films with a social message and since normally a Salman film’s only social message is ‘leave your brains’ at home, is perhaps why the star set up a separate production house.

Now that Salman has his own production house, we wonder whether he will continue acting in his brothers Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan’s in-house productions. All of Salman’s contemporaries, including arch rival Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn have their own production houses that have been adding to their already bulging coffers for years.

Meanwhile, those who can’t wait for Salman’s forthcoming magnum operas No Entry Mein Entry, Mental, Kick and Gabbar are no doubt getting their daily fix of their god on Bigg Boss 7.

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