Ever since, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Magnum opus Inshallah with Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt got off the track, several speculations on reasons behind it came to the lights. Now, it is learnt that the movie is still on hold and the filmmaker is yet to take a call on shelving the project. Also, SLB has shelled out a huge amount already, which is eventually turning into a loss.
The report in Bollywood Hungama states that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has paid for actors’ signing amount and other pre-production stuff, from his pocket. Apparently, Salman Khan offered of producing Inshallah but while the proposal was is in the talks, the movie fell apart.
The source close to development quotes, “Inshallah was a Sanjay Leela Bhansali Production. It’s said that the filmmaker has paid out of his pocket the pre-production expenses till now as no studio is on board the project as yet. Apparently, Salman had offered to take over the production reins and offered to fund the film in total but while discussions were still on, the project fell apart. But pre-production expenses have cost the filmmaker even before the project started and if rumours are to be believed, he has apparently, shelled out almost Rs. 15 crore from his own pocket. He started the movie more than a year ago and apart from investing in the shoot, money was spent on pre-production, the salaries of every department and part of Team Inshallah. Bhansali has to pay those off too.”
The report further reveals that SLB has booked Mehboob Studio of Bandra for August month as he likes to shoot the movies in complete privacy and avoid any picture leaks from the shoot.
“Blocking a studio for so long would cost almost a crore as he had taken over the entire studio. Alia was also paid a signing amount and her song (which featured Salman this week) was shot on a grand set for three days a few days ago. The filmmaker is known to shoot on sets worth crores. The team was to go to Varanasi, Rishikesh, and Haridwar after that to shoot Alia’s character and then fly to Orlando and the beaches of Miami for Salman’s scenes. Other actors too had been finalized for the film and they had been paid their signing amounts, so yes money had been invested in Inshallah before it properly rolled. If the filmmaker did pay out of his pocket amount, he would be at a loss today, unless the film rolls again,” the source adds.