Confirmed: Salman Khan-Bhansali's reunion project, 'Inshallah,' postponed indefinitely
After Salman Khan revealed on Sunday that Inshallah isn't happening anytime soon, Bhansali Productions has also confirmed the development. "Bhansali Productions has decided to not go ahead with In-shaa-Allah for now... Further announcement will be out soon... God willing," read the tweet. Rumors about the possible reasons sparked off soon, with some saying the actor-director duo had creative differences and date issues.
Inshallah was one of the most anticipated films that was to release on Eid next year, Salman's lucky date. It wasn't just scheduled to bring together Alia Bhatt and Salman for the first time onscreen, it would also have marked the reunion of the actor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Saawariya (2007). Reports had suggested that sets were being erected in Uttarakhand for shooting.
Shooting was to start on Wednesday, and Alia was prepping up for a dance schedule. It was said that after wrapping up Dabangg 3, Salman would have jumped over to the Bhansali-directorial. However, when the actor-filmmaker duo met recently, things fell apart, and Salman announced, "The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!"
The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 25, 2019
Bhansali Productions has decided to not go ahead with In-shaa-Allah for now... Further announcement will be out soon... God willing🙏🏻@prerna982— BhansaliProductions (@bhansali_produc) August 26, 2019
In a recent interview, the Wanted actor also said that he wants "him (Bhansali) to make the film he wants to make." "When he came to me with this film, I liked it. We decided to work together again. One thing I can say is that Sanjay won't do gaddaari with his film," he added. Despite their differences, "Nothing changes between us as friends."
"Nothing changes between us and I'm sure nothing has changed in Sanjay's heart for me. I'm extremely close to his mother (Leela) and sister (Bela). I wish him all the best. He and I will still work in future on a film, Inshallah," he said.
While speaking on the creative differences between the two, a source told Mid-Day that, "Salman wanted to change the fabric of the film," which Bhansali couldn't really approve of. "The two couldn't agree on the narrative. Bhansali wanted it to be a love story, and Salman could only envision it as a typical Eid potboiler, in which romance is one of the elements."
This led to a rift, and Bhansali apparently took the decision to shelve the film. Meanwhile, the latter part of Salman's Sunday announcement, "I'll still see you all on Eid, 2020," and especially his next tweet, "Itna mat sochna mere baare mein, Dil mein aata hoon.. aur Eid pe bhi," have ignited a lot of speculations. Is he hinting at a Kick sequel?
"The script of Kick 2 has finally been locked. Sajid (Nadiadwala, Kick's director-producer) and Salman have planned for an Eid 2020 release," said a trade source. The pre-production is already under way, and "it'll most probably roll by the year-end." However, a source close to Salman Khan Films rubbished these reports and said that he would be releasing a brand new film that time.