Eid is generally associated with a Salman Khan release as the actor owns this date. Now he has announced his upcoming film on Eid 2019 titled as "Bharat". The film is directed by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar and is produced by his brother-in-law, Atul Agnihotri.
Bharat is an official adaptation of 2014 Korean film, ‘Ode to My Father’ which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man. The film will go on the floors in April 2018.
Talking about the movie producer Atul Agnihotri said, “It’s the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat.” Adding about officially acquiring the rights of the Korean film for the remake, he added, “That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat.”
Happy about teaming up with both Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar, Atul was all praises for the duo. “Ali is a friend, I love his work and eventually it’s all about connecting with the source. If you speak to him, you will realise that Ali is far more passionate about the material,” said the producer on signing Ali as the director for his next.
On Salman being the right choice to play the protagonist in Bharat, Atul insists it’s a decision taken from the heart. “It’s a character that I thought would resonate with him. It’s a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job. I’m very conscious of Salman’s fan base and what they want. And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film it’s worthy of coming during the festive time. And anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice,” he added.
Revealing more about the movie, Atul said, “We will be shooting in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India. Casting will be our main agenda over the next three months and since it’s a character-driven story, we will take actors who fit the part. It won’t be about getting names together but will be honest in its depiction,” Atul promised.
Salman Khan is currently shooting for his next release Tiger Zinda Hai. Reportedly the slot of 2018 is booked by another Salman starrer Race 3.