Court and hair troubles delay Salman films

Nov 6, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Nov 6 (IANS) David Dhawan's "Partner", Shirish Kunder's "Jaan-e-Mann", Ravi Chopra's "Baabul", Nikhil Advani's "Salaam-e-Ishq" and Rumi Jaffrey's "God Tussi Great Ho" were the five films most affected by Bollywood star Salman Khan's court proceedings and other problems.

A large portion of the recently released "Jaan-e-Mann" had to be delayed or re-shot when Salman's hair went awry.

"In fact, the first 20 minutes of "Jaan-e-Mann" had to be shot three times over," a source told IANS.

And now just when things appeared to be turning normal for Salman, he again had to proceed to Jodhpur last week for a hearing on the case related to the poaching of a chinkara, thereby leaving the unit of Jaffrey's "God Tussi Great Ho" with one sudden, though welcome, holiday.

Said one of Salman's delighted co-stars, "This is one reason why I truly enjoy working with Salman. One can always count on unscheduled holidays."

On a more serious note, the rather grim repercussions of Sanjay Dutt and Salman's legal hassles have begun to show on their careers.

Salman's career, though going great guns, would have gone to another level with Raj Kumar Santoshi's prestigious "Ramayan". According to informed sources, Salman was Santoshi's first choice for the part of Lord Rama. Salman on his part had always expressed a desire to play Lord Rama in the movie adaptation.

"Unfortunately, at this stage of his career when things could go either way for Salman's court proceedings, playing Rama would've been suicidal to Santoshi's project. He opted for the safer bet Ajay Devgan," said a source.

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