Published on July 7th, 2013 | by Bollywood Reporter0
Godfather Salman Khan To Decide The Fate Of Sooraj Pancholi Debut Film
22 year old Sooraj, the son of veteran actor Aditya Pancholi was a little known personality in Bollywood till recently when his name got involved in the Jiah Khan suicide case. In her suicide note, Bollywood actress and model Jiah Khan alleged that Sooraj had raped, abused and mentally tortured her. This accusation seriously affected the reputation of the young Pancholi leading to his arrest by the Mumbai police on June 11, 2013.
After spending close to three weeks in prison, Sooraj is now out on bail although the court has directed him to surrender his passport and appear before the Juhu police every alternate day. It would appear that all of this would dampen the start of Sooraj Pancholi debut film supposedly opposite Athiya Shetty, daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. Subhash Ghai, one of the producers of the film recently indicated that neither Sooraj Pancholi nor Athiya Shetty had been confirmed for the roles and that the ultimate decision will be that of Salman Khan.
Salman Khan who is busy with brother Sohail Khan’s next movie “Mental” seems in no hurry to take a decision on the casting. Sources say he is in talks with Aditya Pancholi and there are very slim chances of him backing out in launching Sooraj. Infact, Pinkvilla recently reported that as soon as Sooraj got out of jail, Salman invited him to Hyderabad where is busy shooting for ‘Mental‘ so that they could discuss the project. Given Salman’s trysts with the Indian law and his experiences of spending time in jail, it certainly seems that he now has a soft corner for Sooraj Pancholi. Infact if one carefully studies the various shows that Salman Khan has hosted on Indian television its becomes clear that he believes that spending time in prison for small faults builds character and grounds a person.
Sooraj Pancholi debut film has not been confirmed by his father as well. Aditya Pancholi did not give any reactions when asked the question about his son’s big debut in Bollywood. “It is better if you speak with Salman or Subhash Ghai about this and whatever they say is right”, said the senior Pancholi when asked to comment on the matter.
Suniel Shetty, the father of female lead in the proposed movie, was however more forthcoming. Expressing his thoughts on the situation, Athiya’s father said that the movie is not affected by whatever is going on with Sooraj Pancholi and is set to start soon. He also indicated that he is not worried about Sooraj and Athiya working together just because of the Jiah Khan suicide controversy, and that it will not affect their debut movie together.
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