Sohail Khan is playing the reel life brother of actor Salman Khan in Kabir khan’s upcoming movie Tubelight. Sohail and Salman Khan are sharing the screen after they were paired in Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya seven years ago. While Sohali Khan might look convincing as Salman’s brother in Tubelight, did you know he was NOT the first choice to play the character in the film?
Well, Kabir Khan’s original choice to play Salman’s brother was Akshay Kumar, and not Sohail, as he wanted to rope in an A-lister. Yes, you read it right. According to a report in DNA, he said –
‘Instead of a real brother, I thought we should get another actor and create the chemistry on screen…This was while we were developing the script and before we could decide. I was convinced by Sohail. Maybe, with another actor, I would have had to spend time and create the chemistry that Salman and Sohail share.’
As Salman Khan was keen on getting Sohail on-board as he thought their equations as brothers would translate on screen. He said –
‘They wanted someone bigger so that we could crack the number game and earn more at the box office…I wanted to be really comfortable, and honestly, with Sohail, I didn’t need to act too much. The emotions came automatically…So when you see the tears in the film, sometimes, they are my own emotions as a brother.’
Well, this is Kabir and Salman Khan’s third collaboration after EK Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The film, which will be released on June 23, also stars Chinese actress Zhu Zhu.