Salman Khan takes Warsaw by storm

Will Warsaw soon be known as ‘Warsaliwood’ for the Bollywood film fraternity?.

Ians April 23, 2014
Salman Khan surrounded by fans as he arrives on the set of Kick in the city. PHOTO: FILE

WARSAW: From evoking a frenzied response from fans to getting wide media coverage, the filming of Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer Kick has garnered massive attention in the Polish capital.

Director Sajid Nadiadwala, who is shooting the film’s climax here, had no idea that people would react the way they did when he parked himself in the city for the film. Wherever he goes to shoot, a mixed crowd of Indian and Polish fans of Bollywood films follow him. They also chant “Salman, Salman” whenever the superstar comes on the set.

Shooting has been in full swing since the past 10 days and Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest newspaper here, has been giving wide coverage to it.

Private Polish TV channel TVN has also been giving almost daily coverage to the Kick unit, which is expected to wrap up the shooting by the end of the month.

“The day is not far when Warsaw will be known as ‘Warsaliwood’ for Bollywood producers. The locales and natural scenic beauty would prompt Bollywood to select Poland for their outdoor shootings,” writes Michael Wojytczuk in Gazeta Wyborcza.

Interestingly, Pawel, a Polish journalist, in his tongue-in-cheek style, has offered a screenplay à la Bollywood. He wants to use the same cast as Nadiadwala has in Kick.

In his proposed story, Salman will act as a chef in an Indian restaurant, situated in the centre of Warsaw and he will bail out a Sri Lankan illegal migrant Jacqueline from the clutches of a terrorist, Randeep Hooda.

So far, neither Salman nor Nadiadwala have shown any interest. It seems they already have enough on their plate as they want to release the film by the end of July. 

Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2014.

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Amit | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

There is no doubt that Salman Khan have charisma. His goodwill and reputation is touching sky after 2010. From 2010 he is giving one blockbuster every year and that's make him a big brand of bollywood.

Certainly today, he is the safe investment for all producer.

optimist | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Almost all of them are either South Asians or Mixed. I work with Polish people and even watch some of their programmes. Polish people look too white/pale. . I am not being jealous. I would be happy to see non Indians watching Indian movies but in London I usually don't see any white/black face in Cinema and I have lived in London for nearly 20 years. Can anyone tell me why is that?

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