Neither Salman Khan nor Hrithik Roshan in Kabir Khan's next

Kabir Khan rubbishes reports of casting for his next; says he wants to steer clear of political themes

Speculations are rife that Kabir Khan will collaborate with his 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' star, Salman Khan, for his next, although the script is yet to be finalised. Some reports even suggest that he is considering signing Hrithik Roshan. The filmmaker has, however, dismissed the casting buzz.

Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and (inset) Kabir Khan
Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and (inset) Kabir Khan

Kabir says, "These are just talks (rumours). I am the sort who likes to discuss ideas with stars. Hrithik is one of them. And as far as Salman is concerned, obviously, we would like to come back with a film. So, we are just discussing ideas, but when I lock it, I will make an announcement. I do not keep stars in mind while writing a script."

In fact, the director-producer is yet to flesh out the script of his next. "I have a couple of ideas, but I am not sure if I will develop any of them. I am taking my time after having worked hard for the last couple of years. I will lock an idea by this year-end and work out a full-fledged script by mid-2016," adds Kabir.

He reveals that he is making a conscious attempt to stay away from cross-border politics or bilateral relations, unlike his previous projects -- 'Phantom', 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', 'Kabul Express' (2006) and 'New York' (2009). He says: “Unfortunately, global terrorism is in your face; it invariably tends to become a part of my films. But, it wasn’t deliberate. However, now that people have pointed it out, I am trying to stay away from it.”

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