Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial which reunites him with Salman Khan 20 years after he made Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is not a typical intense drama that he has lately been making with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Titled Inshallah, it’s a contemporary love story which Bhansali terms as a “younger film, the kind I’ve wanted to make for a long time after all the dark, intense, overdramatic ones”. With Alia Bhatt paired opposite Salman, this unusual love story rooted in Indian culture is said to promise audiences a novel cinematic experience.
Bhansali has already completed the recce at various locations in India and abroad and is ready to begin the shoot next month. PeepingMoon.com has learned it will kick-off on August 18th or 19th in Mumbai. “The production team will start erecting the sets this week and aims to start filming in the third week of August. The first Mumbai schedule is said to be a small one where Salman will shoot his introductory scene and other sequences,” a source said.
“Apart from Mumbai, Inshallah will also be filmed in UP, Uttarakhand and the US. Alia will join the sets only after finishing SS Rajamouli’s RRR and her father Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2. Since Alia’s character is from a place that’s situated near the River Ganga, her portions are likely to be filmed in Haridwar and Rishikesh. The team will fly to Miami in December or January for its last schedule,” the source added.
Although the storyline of Bhansali’s next biggie is kept under wraps, it was recently revealed that Salman plays an Orlando-based businessman in his mid-40s while Alia will be seen as a 20-something aspiring actress. The 26 years’ real-age difference between the leads is believed to form the core of this story. Produced by Salman and Bhansali under their respective banners, Inshallah is slated to release on Eid 2020.
Media reports suggest that Bhansali might consider a mock shoot with Salman and Alia before the film actually goes on the floors to see how the pair looks onscreen and whether any changes are required to bring out the chemistry between them better.