News Bureau – Samriddhi Srivastava
Two months ago, filmmaker Karan Johar announced a collaboration with Salman Khan Films for a huge project starring Akshay Kumar slated for a 2018 release. Kumar told Firstpost that he has never seen such an instance in the Hindi film industry that a superstar, in Khan, is casting another superstar for his production.
Siddharth Malhotra and Salman Khan. Image from Twitter
But Khan has had a great history of encouraging talent and even introducing new talent in the industry. He has been instrumental in the success of various new breed superstars like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Athiya Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi, Pulkit Samrat and now hopefully, Siddharth Malhotra (even though he doesn’t really need an introduction).
The Quint reports that Khan is in talks with Malhotra and wants to sign him for his production that will be inspired from a real life incident. However, it will not be a biopic, though the genre is gaining traction in the industry, particularly after the success of films like Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Ram Madhvani’s Neerja and Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit last year.
Khan has always praised Malhotra in the past. According to the report by The Quint, he called Malhotra a ‘diamond’ after watching the younger actor in Mohit Suri’s 2014 revenge drama Ek Villain.