Bollywood superstar Salman Khan today arrived in Kashmir Valley to shoot for his upcoming film "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" which also stars Kareena Kapoor.
The actor arrived here, on his maiden visit, for the last leg of the shoot in the Valley which was delayed due to the recent incessant rains here, sources in the film unit said.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the film’s shooting will take place at many picturesque locations across the Valley including at the famous resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg, they said.
Kashmir is the last leg of the shooting for the film, of which more than 70 per cent has been shot at various other locations.
The director wants to shoot a few action scenes, a war sequence and a song in the Valley and they reportedly plan to stay here for a month.
They said Salman also wants to use the time to see the Valley and get to know the people here.
Kabir had done a recce in the Valley before the floods in September last year and then another one earlier this year.
“Kabir wanted to start shooting in the first week of April, but the shooting got delayed due to the rains in the Valley,” the sources said.
The actor was given a traditional welcome at the Srinagar International Airport by the officials of Tourism Department and an event management company ‘The Wings’.
Huge crowds had gathered at the airport and outside it to catch a glimpse of the superstar.
Salman is the third superstar Khan after Shah Rukh and Aamir to shoot in Kashmir.
Apart from Salman and Kapoor, the film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Khan’s stay and stringent security would be put in place wherever the film’s shooting would take place.
Salman Khan hit and run case: Judgement date to be fixed on Apr 20
A trial court here today said it would fix on April 20 the date for pronouncement of judgement in the 13-year-old hit-and-run case in which Bollywood actor Salman Khan is an accused and refused to give the defence more time to conclude its final arguments.
“I would decide on Monday the date of the judgement,” said Sessions Judge D W Deshpande, when Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade said he needed more time.
“Conclude your argument by April 20 and no further time would be given either to the defence or prosecution to make more submissions,” the judge said.
The prosecution has already argued its case.
Altogether 27 witnesses were examined by the prosecution while the defence examined only one witness — Khan’s driver Ashok Singh.
The 49-year-old actor is accused of ramming his Toyota Land Cruiser into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others.
He has been charged with ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ which attracts ten years imprisonment.
The sessions court is conducting a fresh trial. Earlier, the magistrate’s court was trying Khan for the lesser charge of rash and negligent driving, which attracts two years jail term.
However, mid-way during the trial, the magistrate felt that the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ should be added, and he referred the case to the sessions court as the offence is not triable by a lower court.