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22 June 2024

Salman Khan helpless: Oscar-nominated movie spoils his project

By Sanskriti Media
Sohail Khan and his film ‘Sher Khan’ has been going through multiple problems ever since ‘Life of Pi’ has released. As such the film had its own share of problems. But then the character of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker in Ang Lee’s Oscar nominated film Life Of Pi seems to have created an indefinite delay for Sher Khan.
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The Sohail Khan directed film 'Sher Khan' is a jungle adventure film where the Royal Bengal tiger essays an important character. To create a Jungle like milieu and a character of a tiger Sohail needs visual effects in generous doses. Sohail was working on this when Life Of Pi released. The film’s main attraction was the Royal Bengal Tiger Richard Parker who wasn’t for real, but looked better than a real tiger. This tiger was created completely with visual effects in a studio. Sohail realised that he needed a feline like that.

And when Sohail made his own enquiries he realised that the big cat itself cost Rs 40crore [Dh26.8m]. And that itself is the budget of a film which you can make with Salman Khan.

The costs of creating the tiger with visual effects resulted in Sohail Khan putting his film on hold because if Sohail spends Rs40 crore on the tiger itself, the budget of the film could go haywire.
Salman Khan needs to be paid his fees as well and hence Salman refused to agree to do the film because he felt that it was not a feasible option at all and he did not want his brother to make losses.

This was very similar to the delaying of the film Krrish 3 after Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan saw Avatar and realised what a film it was and the impact it made. Hence they pushed the film behind to work on the special effects.

This is similar intelligence from the Khans as well. Salman wants his brother Sohail to be as successful as Arbaaz Khan Khan. Hence he did not give a final approval. Maybe not now, but we can hope to see Tiger Khan taking on Sher Khan on the big screen soon.