Mumbai: Alia Bhatt is set to star as female lead opposite Salman Khan in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, which is titled, Inshallah, the makers announced on Tuesday. The film will be co-produced by Khan and Bhansali’s production banners.
Bhansali is teaming with Salman Khan after two decades as a lead in the film, which is described as a “love story.”
Salman took to Twitter to share the news. “It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, ‘Inshallah’ Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey. #Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial,” the actor wrote.
Bhansali Productions also confirmed the announcement. “Finally all speculations and wait end as 2019 brings together #SLB, @BeingSalmanKhan and @aliaa08 in his next film, #Inshallah. Wishing that this entire journey be filled with a lot of love and Inshallah, the team is blessed with hope and faith @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982,” the tweet from their official handle read.
The film also marks Alia Bhatt’s first collaboration with both Salman Khan and Bhansali. She said working with the actor-director duo is a dream come true for her. “I was nine when I first walked into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office, all nervous and hoping and praying that I would be in his next film. It’s been a long wait. Dream with your eyes wide open they say and I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together and I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful journey called ‘Inshallah’#SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982,” Alia tweeted.
The development came almost a month after Prerna Singh, CEO of Bhansali Productions, revealed Salman Khan will star in Bhansali’s next venture.
The filmmaker made his directorial debut with 1996’s Khamoshi – The Musical, which starred Salman Khan. The actor went on to feature in the director’s classic Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999 with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ajay Devgan.
Salman Khan also made a cameo in Bhansali’s Saawariya, which launched Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.