MUMBAI— Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar are teaming for the third time for “Bharat.” After two successful outings in “Sultan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai,” Khan and Zafar are set to collaborate for the third time in “Bharat.” The film marks Zafar’s exit from Yash Raj Films (for whom he has made four films, each successively bigger in budgets as well as box-office). He has now been signed by Salman Khan Films, which is co-producing “Bharat.”
The film is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film, “Ode to My Father,” which depicted Korean history from the 1950s to the present-day through the life of an ordinary man. Producer Atul Agnihotri and T-Series will be backing the film as producers. Agnihotri, Khan’s brother-in-law, will join hands with Khan after the 2011 “Bodyguard,” while T-Series produced “Ready” the same year with him.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar revealed in his recent tweet that work on “Bharat” is in full swing, the script is almost complete, and the team will soon begin to scout for the locations. Ali tweeted, “Yes. Work on Bharat is in full swing, final stage of writing, location scout to begin soon. Nervousness and excitement begins again :) @VishalDadlani @ShekharRavjiani @Irshad_Kamil will start the music this month :) 3rd collaboration together.”
As a welcome change, the music team has been proudly announced at launch. Continuing the tradition of releasing his films on the festive occasion of Eid, Khan has blocked Eid 2019 as the auspicious date for “Bharat.” The film goes on floors in April.