Ever since news broke out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Inshallah’ starring Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt being shelved, various theories are doing the rounds as to what led to their fallout. One of the stories suggest that Salman Khan wanted to work with Daisy Shah and Waluscha De Sousa over Alia Bhatt, who had been confirmed as the lead for the project and recommended either of the two for the lead role, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali refused to do so.
A source close to the project confirmed that Alia Bhatt has been the sole female lead in the film right from the beginning. The source said, “Alia was always the first choice. Salman didn’t push for anyone. If you know Sanjay Leela Bhansali then you will also know that he doesn’t listen to anyone or take to casting advice. He goes with who he thinks is right for the role. The fact that this character was already written with a certain flavour in mind there was no chance that the names doing the rounds would make it to the film.”
The rumours of Salman Khan choosing Waluscha De Sousa and Daisy Shah stems from the known fact that the Dabangg star always casts actresses who are close to him in real life in his productions. So the actor recommending the names of the above mentioned actresses for Sanjay Bhansali’s film is just an extension of a pattern that the media has seen with the superstar and holds not much significance, if reports are to be believed. The film has now been put on hold indefinitely, days before its shooting was to start.
The film marked the first film where Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt were to share the screen space. The film was also supposed to be the first collaboration of the actress with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Salman and SLB have worked together in the past in films like, ‘Khamoshi’, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Saawariya’ and are said to share a great rapport.
On the work front, Salman is currently busy with ‘Dabangg 3’ while Alia has films like ‘Brahmastra’, ‘Takht’, ‘Sadak 2’ and ‘RRR’ in her kitty.