Gangster drama, featuring him as a cop, takes off in Mumbai with Mahesh Manjrekar as the director; actor will return to Tiger franchise in February
After successfully completing his action thriller, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, Salman Khan is ready to roll with a new film. Since there’s still time before the third instalment of the Tiger franchise goes on the floors, the actor has decided to kick off Antim, the Hindi adaptation of the Marathi gangster drama, Mulshi Pattern, with Mahesh Manjrekar as the director. Mahesh and he have been having some intense discussions on the film and have decided to tweak the original a bit—since it is targeting a Pan-India audience—and increase the confrontation scenes between the cop and the gangster. While Salman plays the cop, his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma will attempt a change of image with a darker character who is the polar opposite of the happy-go-lucky Romeo swinging to “Chogada”. Shoot starts from November 15 in Mumbai.
“After a six month break which he spent on the farm, Salman is raring to get back on the sets and do what he does best,” revealed a source, adding that the idea of a small-town cop taking the law into his own hands to eradicate gangs has always excited him. “Mahesh is currently working towards amplifying the fight between good and bad.”
Mirror had earlier (September 24) reported that Mahesh had replaced Loveyatri director Abhiraj Minawala. Salman, who was to play a Sikh cop in Abhiraj’s take on the subject, had decided to take a backseat as an actor, with the makers wanting to stay true to the original in which the cop’s turn was only a cameo. According to our source, they had short-listed several A-listers for this special appearance. “However, over the last few weeks, after several script meetings at his Panvel farmhouse during which various adaptations were considered, the team has locked a version which can justify Salman’s presence and he’s back in the picture. Now, his character is very important to the narrative. It will present him in a new avatar, more real, intense and raw, along with his usual herogiri,” reveals the source.
Initially titled Guns of North, the film now has a new title, Antim, signifying ‘the end’ of the gangsters. It’s going to be a start-to-finish schedule in two locations, Mumbai and Karjat. “A major chunk of the film is set in a village which will be recreated at a studio. Some of the action scenes featuring Salman will be shot at a city studio. He will be shooting till January 2021,” informs the source. Aayush has been bulking up for the role and undergoing several acting workshops. This will be Mahesh’s first collaboration as a director with Salman and Aayush. Salman will be collaborating with his brother-in-law again in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali, directed by Farhad Samji.
After wrapping up Antim, Salman will return to Tiger in February. Directed by Manish Sharma, it reunites him with Katrina Kaif.
Mirror Exclusive: Bollywood celebrities get back to work as Maharashtra enters Unlock 5.0
B-Town gets back to work
As Maharashtra enters Unlock Phase 5, the world of Bollywood is back on its feet. As film productions have once again begun, celebrities have been spotted in and around Mumbai either for work or even recreational activities. Bollywood stars and film crews have adapted to the new normal, taking safety precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Take a scroll through this photo feature of the filmy world being out and about, captured through the lens of our Mirror Photographers. Photos: MMCL
Shraddha Kapoor in the mood for summer. The actor was spotted outside a filmmaker’s office in Juhu. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Tara Sutaria was spotted in South Mumbai during a film shoot. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/ MMCL
Actor Tamannaah Bhatia is back in Mumbai. She had recently tested positive for Covid 19 and got herself admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad when she was feeling a bit unwell. She informed her fans after she had made a full recovery that her test for the coronavirus had come back positive. Before that, her parents had tested positive for Covid19. She returned to Mumbai after completing her mandatory quarantine after recovering from the virus. She was spotted in Bandra. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
It looks like it’s time to tackle the tresses. Actor Kriti Sanon seen stepping out of a salon in Mumbai. Looks like salons are finally seeing their clients return as the pandemic hit them hard and they had to stay shut for months. Hopefully, they can see a turnaround in their fortunes too. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
He’s a huge star in Tollywood and his popularity shot up here in Bollywood too after the remake of Arjun Reddy, whose Hindi version was called Kabir Singh, saw a good run at the box office. Actor- producer Vijay Deverakonda was spotted outside a salon in Bandra. We are saying nothing about the social distancing (or lack of it) around him though. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Nora Fatehi getting ready ahead of a shoot in Andheri. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Actor Vicky Kaushal spotted in Andheri outside a hair studio. If you want to catch his look, behind this masked version, that is, head over to his social media page. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Dia Mirza keeps her look casual and comfortable. She was spotted in Aram Nagar. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Take your pick, Vikrant Massey. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL
Shilpa Shetty is happy to be back!
Shilpa Shetty was spotted at the airport recently. The actor had returned after shooting for a film in Manali. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
I’m smiling under the mask
Sanjay Dutt was seen at a Bandra salon on Wednesday. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Some more alone time
Ekta Kapoor on an evening walk at a Juhu garden last week. Photo by Satyajit Desai/MMCL
In good company
Arjun Kapoor drives Malaika Arora back home in Bandra. Photo by Satyajit Desai/MMCL
Anytime Black for Georgia Andriani
Georgia Andriani was spotted at Khar last week. She kept it simple-yet-classy with an all-black outfit. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Sohail Khan tries his hand at gully cricket
Howzatt! Here’s Sohail Khan enjoying a game of gully cricket at Bandra. While India might not be able to host this year’s IPL, it’s safe to say that the fever has definitely seeped into cricket fans’ homes. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Home sweet home for Salman Khan
Here’s a glimpse of Salman Khan at his residence in Bandra. The actor currently plays host of the latest season of Bigg Boss. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL
Fit and ready to go!
Tiger Shroff and Aadesh Shrivastava’s son, Avitesh, were spotted at a recording studio in Juhu. Shroff flaunted his fit form with a muscle tee. Photo by Raju Shelar/MMCL