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Relationships are sometimes not as strong as the work on hand or the ambitions and desires of some people…. Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were still in the nascent stages of their careers. Salman had still to find his real roots and Sanjay who was an assistant with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and also his choreographer during the making of “1942–A Love Story” and had choreographed Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala during the picturisation of the song ‘kuch na kaho’ and had given his name as Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the credit titles for the first time.
Sanjay had got a chance to directed “Khamoshi–The Musical” which was to be produced by Jhamu Sugandh who was a staunch buisnessman in films but loved making films with that off-beat touch. Sanjay’s script was liked by Jhamu Sugandh and he gave Sanjay the go-ahead sign to make the film he wanted. Sanjay couldn’t think of any other hero, but Salman and Salman who was still to make it big agreed to do Sanjay’s film after Manisha Koirala introduced Salman to Sanjay. The film with Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas, the National Award winner and the actress who played Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur’s “Bandit Queen” and Helen had a lukewarm response, but Sanjay and Salman had formed a bond…
The bond grew stronger when Sanjay cast Salman again in his next, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” with Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai in the other key roles. The film turned out to be one of the major hits and did a world of good to all, Sanjay, Salman, Ajay and Aishwarya. Sanjay went on to make his own class of films like “Devdas”,“Guzaarish”,“Black”,“Saawariyaa”,“Goliyon Ki Raasleela,Ram-Leela”,“Bajirao Mastani” and “Padmavat”, one film more different from the other and bigger and rich in content and colour than the other.
Salman, on the other hand became the face and the muscles of films like “Kick” and the “Dabangg” franchise and with “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” being one of his most memorable films till now. It was like a gush of fresh breeze when there was news of the bond between Sanjay and Salman being revived. They had decided to join hands in the making of “Inshaallah” with ‘Bhai’ and Alia Bhatt who was more than twenty years younger as his heroine. All was well. The industry and the film lovers were all excited about the film and some were even sure that with a title like “Inshaallah”, Salman would go all out to make it his Eid release…

 But it is not always ‘inshaallah'(God willing), but ‘insha-insaan'(man’s will). The shooting was to start on August 29. The sets were erected. But Sanjay and Salman went into a last minute hub and after hours of discussion, they took a hard, painful and even losing decision to stop the shooting of the film as they had serious differences about the script. As of now, “Inshaallah” stands still, there is no attempt being made to solve the differences and Salman is already talking about making one of his “Kick” sequels as his Eid release and there are stories making the rounds about Sanjay approaching Shah Rukh Khan to play the role Salman had differences about. The big question now is, will Shah Rukh accept what Salman has rejected?

To think of it, Shah Rukh desparately needs a big hit after his last few films like “Dear Zindagi”,“When Harry Met Sejal”,“Fan” and “Zero”, all put together were like a zero in the King’s career. It is better to hear about Shah Rukh doing a film life “Inshaallah” with Sanjay Leela Bhansali than listening to stories about his working on a remake of the cult film, “Satte Pe Satta”. And besides, people wondered how Salman and Alia could make a team, when in the case of Shah Rukh and Alia, they have already made it as a team.

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