Is Fatima Sana Shaikh the front runner to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Salute’?

After several reports and speculations looks like it is the 'Dangal' girl who has made the cut

Ever since the news of the Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film Salute, the biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma has been announced, the industry is taking keen interest to know more details regarding the film. SRK is slated to play the role of Rakesh, the astronaut who became the first and the only Indian man to travel in space. One of the biggest speculations about the project was that who would be playing the pivotal role of Sharma’s wife in the biopic.

Several names came up right from Kareena Kapoor Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Bhumi Pednekar in the last year. However, now as per trade sources, we hear that it is Fatima Sana Shaikh who will be seen opposite SRK in the biopic!

This has come out as a big surprise for all as Fatima’s name was never heard in regards to the project’s conversations. The actress was last seen in Thugs Of Hindostan along with Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif which tanked at the ticket window.

Fatima Sana Shaikh

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After working with Aamir in two films, Fatima now might be seen with King Khan. Interestingly it was Aamir who was offered Salute first, so is it him who has recommended Fatima to SRK; one would never know.

Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan

All this while, obviously, the producers and the director have stayed mum neither confirming nor denying any hearsay about the leading lady of the film. With the film starting filming from February onwards, the makers would really like to close this loop on the leading lady of the movie and this might just be the correct bit of information finally on the same front.

Looks like we will have to wait and watch until the official announcement is made.