Earlier this year, Sooraj Barjatya had announced about teaming up with Salman Khan again and while it was speculated that their next collaboration would be an out and out actioner, the filmmaker had dismissed the buzz. However, trade sources reveal that the venture is predominantly an action flick, but Barjatya won't helm it. While his banner, Rajshri Productions, will be involved in its making, a South director will helm it.

Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), the star's last collaboration with Sooraj Barjatya
Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' (2015), the star's last collaboration with Sooraj Barjatya

A source says, "The project will be directed by Sukumar, who is a popular name in the Telugu industry, and it is likely to be a remake of a South film. So, it is no wonder that it will have some hardcore action sequences. Barjatya has decided to be on board just as the producer."

Sooraj Barjatya
Sooraj Barjatya

Salman reunited with the filmmaker for 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' last year, over a decade and half after 'Hum Saath Saath Hai'.

Barjatya remained unavailable for comment. Another source in the know reveals that the upcoming film will be produced jointly by Barjatya's Rajshri Productions and Fox Star Studios.

"This will be the first time that Barjatya's banner will make an actioner. Once things are finalised, they will go ahead with an official announcement," adds a source close to the production house.