Salute, starring Shah Rukh Khan as astronaut Rakesh Sharma, delayed

Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film Salute has been postponed by a month as the superstar is unavailable to commence the shoot. Earlier, the movie was expected to begin production in September, but now it will go to the sets in October.

According to reports, Khan is yet to finish some major parts of his ongoing project Zero, which is being helmed by Aanand L Rai. The actor, along with co-star Anushka Sharma, is currently in the USA, filming some important scenes. Once he returns, the makers of Salute will meet him to lock dates.

“SRK’s dates for Salute are yet to be locked. After the dates are finalised and the cast has been signed on, the film’s makers will make an official announcement. Though the movie was initially planned to go on floors this September, it is now being deferred by a month and will begin only in October,” reveals a source.

Salute is a biopic based on the life of astronaut Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to travel in Space. Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in to play the lead role in the movie. Kareena Kapoor Khan, who was last seen opposite Khan in sci-fi film Ra.One (2011), is in talks to play the female lead in the space odyssey film.

To be helmed by Mahesh Mathai, the film is being bankrolled by Siddharth Roy Kapur.