Despite repeated denials by the people at the helm, rumours that Salman Khan will make an appearance in the eagerly-awaited post-Baahubali Prabhas starrer Saaho persists. However the film’s director Sujeeth puts a firm end to speculation stating, “There is no truth to this rumour. We don’t know where it started from.”
Further investigation indicates that the Saaho team indeed wanted to get Salman Khan on board for a brief but pivotal appearance. “The North Indian lobby in Saaho is seen to be not strong enough.Of course, there is Shraddha Kapoor who plays the lead opposite Prabhas. But the Saaho team wanted someone far stronger. So they did approach Salman for a guest appearance. But he cited his busy schedule, promoting Bharat, as the reason why he could not accommodate Saaho. However he might help promote Saaho up North,” says the source.
The first look of Saaho
In the meanwhile Saaho now depends almost entirely on Prabhas’s charisma to see it through the North Indian belt. Would the Baahubali magic sustain as Saaho hits theatres on August 15? Trade experts expect Saaho to have an earth-shattering opeing even in the Hindi-speaking belts. And they may be right. The Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal which was to open on August 15 alongside Saaho has apparently scurried out in search of a safer Friday.
Prabhas may not be known for his superstar status up the north of Vindhyas but his Baahubali was a huge blockbuster proving that cinema has no language barrier. These days though, it has become a trend to cast A-list Bollywood names alongside Tollywood superstars in big films. Alia Bhatt, for instance will be playing a role in Rajamouli's next.