Bollywood actor Salman Khan quits filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Inshallah’ over alleged creative differences, the director’s production house confirmed.
The film, also starring Alia Bhatt, has been put on hold indefinitely days before its shooting was to start. After walking out of Inshallah, Salman Khan said that the two will continue to be friends and that he wants Bhansali to make the film his way.
He claimed Bhansali will never betray his film and that the two were friends even before they started working together.
“Sanjay was a friend even before we started working on Khamoshi. When he came to me with this film, I liked it and we decided to work together again. One thing I can say is that Sanjay won’t do ‘gaddaari’ with his film,” Salman Khan was quoted as saying in Mumbai Mirror.
The actor added, “I want him to make the film he wants to make. Nothing changes between us as friends and I’m sure nothing has changed in Sanjay’s heart for me. I’m extremely close to his mother (Leela) and sister (Bela). I wish him all the best. He and I will still work in future on a film, Inshallah.”
While talking about the alleged creative differences between the two, a source told that Salman wanted to change the fabric of the film. While he was happy with the first hour of the story, he had requested Bhansali to rework the rest of the script, especially the climax.
The source added, “Even as the production team set up the first day’s shoot, the two couldn’t agree on the narrative. Bhansali wanted it to be a love story, and Salman could only envision it as a typical Eid potboiler, in which romance is one of the elements. Bhansali respects his actors, and their suggestions are welcome, but not if they aim to alter the narrative. Hence, he took the decision to shelve the film.”
The source revealed that Bhansali has probably shift his focus to his another romantic project, Izhaar, which he has been discussing with Shah Rukh Khan for a while.