By RAHUL RAUT

Eid and Salman Khan have become synonymous over last eight years. Salman usually releases his films during Eid weekend and that has become a trend now. Due to the huge demand and anticipation of Salman Khan film on that holy festival of Muslims, other filmmakers also don’t dare to release their film on Eid. Salman has already ‘Race 3’ scheduled to hit big screens next Eid (in 2018) and now the superstar has booked yet another Eid weekend.

Salman Khan

Salman has reserved ‘Bharat’ for Eid 2019. The film will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar who has already worked with him in ‘Sultan’ and the upcoming ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Atul Agnihotri will be producing this movie.

‘Bharat’ is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film, ‘Ode To My Father’ which is a story about a young boy’s promise made during the chaos of the Korean War to take care of his family, which ends up spanning 60 years of turbulent modern history. The original depicted the events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War, the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam war.

‘Bharat’, however, has been rewritten to match the sensibilities of Indian audiences. While the original was set in Korea, ‘Bharat’ will depict the Indian history spanning 53 years, starting in 1947 and ending in 2000. “That film (Ode To My Father) is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat,” Atul said confirming the news.

The idea of remaking this South Korean film in Hindi emerged when Atul saw it at the Berlin Film Festival. To discuss the same, he then went to his father-in-law and scriptwriter, Salim Khan who “pointed out that an examiner doesn’t give marks for handwriting, he gives marks for content, and if you can find the content, it ups the odds of getting things right.”

Salman Khan

On why he chose his brother-in-law, Salman Khan for this film, Atul said: “Bharat a character that I thought would resonate with him. It’s a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job.”

Since ‘Bharat’ spans many eras, it is expected to require a lot of travel and elaborate sets. The film has been planned to shoot in Delhi, Punjab, Abu Dhabi and Spain for which the preparation has already begun. “Casting will be our main agenda over the next three months and since it’s a character-driven story, we will take actors who fit the parts. It won’t be about getting names together but will be honest in its depiction,” he revealed.

The shooting of the film will begin in April 2018 after Salman completes Remo D’Souza’s much-talked-about ‘Race 3’ which kicks off next month in Abu Dhabi. “I’m very conscious about Salman’s fan base and what they want. And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film Bharat is worthy of coming during the festive time. Anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice,” Atul said.