In the last 5 years, Salman Khan has taken super-stardom to a different level altogether, what with almost all his films taking a record-breaking opening at the box office. Yet, it’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ that will be remembered as Salman’s best and most successful film in recent times.
The script of the film was written by S.S. Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. Surprisingly, the script was first offered to Aamir Khan, who had certain issues it and asked for a few modifications to be made.
When Aamir decided that he didn’t want to do the film, he suggested Salman’s name.
Salman had confirmed the same at a press conference to celebrate the success of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.
“Yes, Aamir told me that (Vijendra) Prasad had come to him and he sent him to me. So this is just Aamir sahab’s generosity,” Salman said.
“The father of ‘Baahubali’ director (S.S) Rajamouli wrote the subject of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. So the first question we asked him was why didn’t you ask your son to direct the film and why not there (Telugu film industry)? He said that was because there was a difference in language. He said if this film has to be made, it has to be made very authentically.” Salman said.
After Aamir, Prasad approached Hrithik Roshan, but he felt that the quoted price for the script (Rs 2 crore) was too high and hence decided not to go ahead with the project.
It was Salman who eventually heard the script and immediately paid him the signing amount of Rs 50 lakhs. The rest, as they say, is history. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is one of the biggest hits of Salman’s career along with his 1994 blockbuster ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’.
Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote the script of both ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Baahubali’ is in tremendous demand. According to a report, he seeks his inspiration from two of Bollywood’s most successful writers, Salim-Javed. And Salim Khan also happens to be Salman Khan’s father!