Salman Khan’s efforts left out of ‘Sarabjit’ due to Aishwarya?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda starrer biopic ‘Sarabjit’ narrates the struggles of Dalbir Kaur for justice to her brother Sarabjit, who was jailed in Pakistan on mistaken identity. However, as per the latest buzz, an important part of Dalbir’s fight for justice for her brother has been left out of the movie.

Sarabjit, a farmer from Punjab’s border village Bhikhiwind ventured into Pakistan in a drunken state. He was mistaken for an Indian spy by Pakistani authorities and was wrongly convicted and imprisoned in Lahore jail. In her efforts to free Sarabjit, Dalbir sought the help of not only government officials and humanitarians, but also Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.  

The makers of ‘Sarabjit’ have decided to omit the Salman Khan episode from the biopic, according to a DNA report.

In 2012, Dalbir, along with Sarabjit’s daughters had met Salman on the sets of ‘Dabangg 2’ with the requested to help them secure release for Sarabjit in the hope that the star’s immense popularity across the border might work in her and her brother’s favour. An emotional Salman tweeted saying he felt bad for Sarabjit’s family and launched an online campaign urging people to sign a petition to free the falsely accused Indian.

As per the report, Salman’s efforts to free Sarabjit made news internationally, but the biopic will not carry the crucial aspect, apparently because Aishwarya and Salman are not on good terms.

"The Salman chapter being dropped perhaps has something to do with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing Dalbir. There is no other reason to not include this important part in the film. Salman and Aishwarya are not on talking terms, so it wouldn't have been possible to even get them to face the camera together. In cases where two actors don't want to shoot together, often these scenes are shot separately but in this case, they had to be face-to-face, so the makers decided not to include that incident in the film," DNA quoted an insider as saying.

However, according to the movie’s spokesperson, "This is not part of the film because the film has to convey and show 23 years of Dalbir's struggle and it's not possible to show every incident."

Sarabjit, who was sentenced to death was eventually attacked and killed by his inmates in April, 2013, following the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Directed by Omung Kumar, ‘Sarabjit’ also features Richa Chadda and Darshan Kumaar. The movie is set to hit screens on May 20.


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