Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been breaking Box Office records with its huge collection at the Indian Box Office, all because the viewers loved Salman, Harshali Malhotra, Kabir's direction and Vijayendra Prasad's story.
But did you know, that the film that has been garnering so much attention saying it has one of the most touching stories Indian cinema has witnessed in a long time is actually inspired from Chiranjeevi's 1987 film?
Baahubali director SS Rajamouli's father, Vijayendra Prasad has written the story of both Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The writer has been receiving praises from all for both his films which have managed to break all Box Office records with its' Box Office collection.
Vijayendra reveals how he got inspired from Chiranjeevi's old film and a real life incident, he said, "Chiranjeevi's 1987 Telugu film Pasivadi Pranam moved me a lot. I wanted to rehash it and give it a contemporary touch. I had also learnt about the story of a Pakistani couple who came to India for their daughter's heart surgery because they couldn't afford it in their country."
"The parents were touched by the generosity of the Indians so much that they couldn't stop talking about it. This got me thinking. I decided to work on a story that connected people over India-Pakistan border," he added.
Well, no matter what his inspiration was, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a beautiful movie with Salman and Harshali giving a career best performance.
Aamir Khan-first choice
"It was through an acquaintance we met Aamir Khan and narrated the story. He loved it, but could not sign it as he was busy with other commitments. Later, I met Kabir Khan, who made me narrate the story to Salman, who upon hearing it immediately agreed to do it," he said.
Rajinikanth, Puneeth Rajkumar and Allu Arjun
The movie was offered to Rajinikanth, Puneeth Rajkumar and Allu Arjun but Vijayendra Prasad feels that Salman was best choice.
Speaks About Salman
"All the work he's been doing through his Being Human foundation, particularly, the 2,000 heart operations he recently funded, made him apt for the lead role of Pawan/Bajrangi. And thanks to his humanitarian acts, Salman gave the character a realistic touch," he said.
About Success Of Baahubali And BB
"I'm happy that two good films have been unanimously appreciated and accepted. Even if I had not written these films, I'd have wished the same because only when good cinema gets its due credit, will we get more such films," he said.
"Audiences decide the fate of any film. Nobody can guarantee the success of a film. When my son started working on ‘Baahubali', he didn't set out to make a blockbuster. He made a film that we believed will be accepted globally and the numbers have proved it," said Prasad.
About His Son's Movie
"The fact that the film has been accepted nationally and has done well in other languages proves that it doesn't belong to one industry. The success of the film is a big achievement in Indian cinema," he said.