From being the actor who had to get hair weaving done to counter a receding hairline, to playing a Samson-like character with special powers in his tresses, Salman Khan has surely come a long way.
In his upcoming project Sher Khan, to be directed by brother Sohail Khan, he will play a superhero with special powers in his shoulder length hair. What’s more, in keeping with the Bollywood legacy of Sher Khan being a Pathan (a la Pran in Prakash Mehra’s 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer), Salman’s character too, will have similar roots.
Interestingly, last time Salman played a Pathan was in Sawan Kumar’s 1991 film Sanam Bewafa. But Salman Khan’s Sher Khan will not be the stereotypical gendermixing (hum bolegi, tum sunegi) Pathan. In the words of writer Rumi Jaffery, Sohail’s home production will “feature Salman in a look he has never tried before.” Needless to say, this superhero will be quite different from Superman, Spider Man or the indigenous Krrish or G.One.
In an earlier version of the script, Sher Khan was meant to be a South Indian action star a la Dabangg or Rowdy Rathore. “Kona Venkatesh who wrote Salman’s Ready was summoned to do the screenplay for the film. Now, Sohail and Salman have changed their mind. They roped in Rumi Jaffery to write an action film for the kids instead,” a source told us.
“Though he has had a massive fan following among kids, none of Salman bhai’s films have been specially targeted at children. Dilip Shukla (who’s also writing Dabangg 2) and I are designing bhai’s first film aimed at the young viewers,” added Rumi.
And the superhero Salman won’t be flying in the air wearing a cape. “He will be a hero that kids can identify with. The action scenes won’t have him beating up a dozen goons single-handedly. He has done these things many times before,” said Rumi. We learnt that Salman’s action scenes will be inspired by the ancient forms of martial arts from Kerala.
But the leading lady opposite superhero Salman is yet to be finalised. “It has to be someone who can perform well. Since Salman bhai is changing in Sher Khan, the leading lady can’t be familiar either. We’re looking. We have time. We start in October.”