Report of Salman Khan film ‘Jai Ho’ being purchased by Eros International for Rs110 crore has left people in the Salman proximity amused. Says a source,“It’s much more than Rs 110 crore. We haven’t put a finger on the final sum, but it’d be closer to Rs 180 crore. And the deal is not closed yet,” says a source, who also says that the film’s producer-director Sohail Khan is also in talks along with UTV and Viacom 18 for the movie.
Eros is keen to get the rights since they haven’t received the production/distribution rights of any film featuring any of the Khan superstars in the last one year. The company’s roster this year has no Akshay, Roshan or any of the Khans. The hero of their upcoming release ‘Ram Leela’ is Ranveer Singh, and after that it’s the down-and-out Shahid Kapoor in ‘R… Rajkumar’. Whether Eros finally receives Salman Khan’s prized premium product, the superstar’s 1st launch in 17 months, relies on how far the talks go with other production firms. One hears UTV whose last hit ‘Chennai Express’ are also keen to launch Salman Khan’s next movie globally.
When approached to ensure the Rs110-crore agreement Sohail Khan laughs, “Please don’t under-sell my film.”