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Aamir Khan didn't have creative differences, says Salute writer Anjum Rajabali

Rajabali rubbished reports that Khan left the Rakesh Sharma biopic owing to creative differences. The buzz now is that the makers have approached Shah Rukh Khan.

Mayur Lookhar

Salute writer Anjum Rajabali has rubbished reports of Aamir Khan walking out of the Rakesh Sharma biopic owing to creative differences.

“Yes, Aamir Khan has opted out of the project. However, it is not true that he didn’t like the script, nor did he have any creative dfiferences,” Rajabali told Cinestaan.com. Salute is a biopic on India's first astronaut.

The DNA newspaper had reported that Khan had opted out of the biopic, tentatively titled Salute, as he had differences with the creative team. A Deccan Chronicle newspaper report hinted that Khan did not like the final draft of the script.

The buzz now is that the filmmakers have approached Shah Rukh Khan to play the lead role.

Writer Rajabali refused to confirm or deny that Shah Rukh Khan had been approached.

Meanwhile, in an interctive session with fans on Twitter, Shah Rukh was asked about his next project, and whether he was doing Dhoom 4. He merely said he had not signed any new film except the Aanand L Rai untitled project, which he is currently shooting for.

If Shah Rukh Khan does end up doing Salute, it will not be the first time he has picked up a role Aamir Khan was supposed to do. Yash Chopra had first signed Aamir Khan for Darr (1993), but the director replaced him with Shah Rukh later. Back then, Aamir Khan had claimed he was thrown out because he had asked for a joint narration of the script with Sunny Deol.

Aamir Khan has also done three hits films — 3 Idiots (2009), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Lagaan (2001) — which were first offered to Shah Rukh.

Salute is being produced by former Disney India MD and CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur, under his newly floated production banner, Roy Kapur Films. It will be directed by Mahesh Mathai. Priyanka Chopra is said to be playing the female lead.