Salman Khan is back as 'Prem'

May 22, 2012, 08:37 IST | Hiren Kotwani

The actors' character in Sooraj Barjatya's next will once again be called Prem. But this time he plays the elder brother which is tentatively titled 'Bade Bhaiyya'

We learnt that Salman Khan’s next film with Sooraj Barjatya is all set to go on the floors early next year. Following the banner’s tried and tested formula, the film is tentatively titled Bade Bhaiyya, where Sallu plays the titular role. And in keeping with the tradition, his character will be called Prem.

Big brother
Although the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised, our source reveals that the film will feature a number of familiar faces from the banner’s previous films. “Salman will play the character of the elder brother, that was traditionally done by Mohnish Behl in the films by the banner,” says our source.

Casting for the film will start in a month. “By then, he’ll (Sooraj) have also finalised the music team and will commence the sittings. There are at least half-a-dozen tracks in the film. The melody will be the highlight of the soundtrack,” sums up our source.

Past tense
The last time Salman did a full-fledged film with the Barjatyas was Hum Saath Saath Hai in 1999. Reportedly, the family was upset with the black buck hunting case during the shooting in Jodhpur and consequently, stopped working with him. Sallu returned to the Barjatya banner in 2010 with a cameo in Isi Life Mein.

Sallu gets ad-venturous
Here’s another update on Bhaijaan. We’ve heard that our Bhai was his usual self when he was offered an endorsement for a Hawai chappal brand. Apparently, when the script for the ad film first came to him, he sent it back saying he wanted it to be more exciting. Then he sent back even the reworked script.

After some further back and forth, Bhai claimed he would write the script himself. Out came a script complete with the usual Sallu antics. Gliding on water, walking on buildings and what not before Bhai mouths his dialogues about the footwear. Last thing we know the ad makers had reconciled themselves to this innovative ad film. Admittedly, as long as it’s Sallu, anything will sell.  

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