Salman Khan’s latest production venture, LoveYatri (2018), starring his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, may not have set the box-office on fire, but that has not dissuaded the superstar from starting work on his next. Yes, Khan is all set to commence work on his next production venture which will introduce debutants Zaheer Iqbal, the son of his childhood friend, and Pranutan, the daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of veteran actress Nutan. Titled Notebook, the movie begins production in Srinagar on Wednesday.
The whole film will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule. Both the newcomers reached Srinagar 10 days in advance and have been preparing for their respective roles ever since. On the other hand, director Nitin Kakkar is also in the valley spending time with the locals and understanding the nuances of the language. “Five Kashmiri kids are part of the main cast and they too have been attending workshops with Kakkar. The shoot will wrap up by November-end and the songs will be shot in one go,” says a source close to the development.
Will Salman Khan be present on the sets on the first day of the shoot? No. The source says that Khan is not travelling to Srinagar anytime soon as he is presently focusing on wrapping up his next Bharat with Ali Abbas Zafar in Abu Dhabi. Besides, his weekends go into shooting for the reality show Bigg Boss 12, which leaves him with no time. “But he has spoken to both Zaheer and Pranutan before they left for the Valley. He was personally overseeing Zaheer’s training for the last few months and has given him the nickname Zahero,” adds the source, saying that the young actor has been training hard in action and building his physique since he was offered the film earlier this year.
Salman Khan has a big heart. In the past, he has produced two big-budgeted films – Hero (2015) and LoveYatri – starring newcomers. But the movies did not do well at the box-office. We wish that with Notebook, Khan tastes success as a producer.