Buzz is, Jackie Shroff is Salman Khan's father in Ali Abbas Zafar directorial Bharat, and the director has confirmed the news. Zafar believes that Jackie is the “perfect amalgamation of a star and actor". And the two sealed the deal when they met in London recently.
"We met Jaggu da in London and discussed his dates and looks. I have wanted to work with him for a long time as I feel he is the perfect amalgamation of a star and actor. I was very glad as Jackie sir instantly agreed with the story to do the film in just 20 mins of narration," Zafar said as quoted by sources close to him.
As revealed in the teaser of Bharat, the film is about the eternal bond between a father and son, spanning across many periods. Bharat traces the journey 60 years, boasts of an huge ensemble cast with names like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, Tabu and Jackie Shroff. The team recently wrapped up the second schedule in Malta.
The song in Bharat's grand circus sequence in the first schedule featuring Salman Khan and Disha Patani was choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant. The film showcases Disha Patani as a trapeze artist and involves action sequences and stunts with fire. The actress has been working on her role for months before the film went on floors. Salman Khan does daredevil stunts on a motorbike amidst a ring of fire in the circus.
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Bharat's release brings back Salman Khan and director Ali Abbas Zafar for an Eid release after the 2016 Blockbuster Hit, Sultan. The hit director-actor duo will be marking a hattrick with Bharat after their last outing Tiger Zinda Hai.
The sources said that the film will feature Salman Khan sporting five different looks spanning 60 years, wherein a crucial part will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger. Salman Khan will be recreating his 'Karan-Arjun' look which has created immense excitement among the audience.
After Mumbai and Malta, Bharat will be shot across exotic locations in Abu Dhabi, Punjab and Delhi.
Set for 2019 release, Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri's Reel Life Production and Bhushan Kumar's T-Series.
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