Salman Khan, Kabir Khan
Salman Khan and Kabir Khan have so far done two films together. Pictured: The actor-director pair at "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" trailer launch.Varinder Chawla

Salman Khan's next, "Tubelight," is scheduled to roll in July and will be shot across Ladakh. A source in the know has divulged details that will surely get the fans excited.

Set in the 1960s, this Kabir Khan film is apparently based on the Sino-Indian war of 1962, which had a "disputed Himalayan border" at the centre of it, DNA reported. "It isn't a political saga. It's more a human drama," an insider told the daily.

Sure, it's a story about two brothers — played by Salman and real-life brother Sohail Khan — but the plot also requires a female protagonist. Although the leading lady's role isn't as meaty as their's, it will definitely be impactful.

"He's in talks with someone and mostly it will work out. It's an offbeat casting, something that people won't predict. They will announce the heroine much later because the first schedule won't require her anyway," the source further elaborated.

Deepika Padukone is one name that's being speculated. However, Kabir laid those rumours to rest when he denied having approached the actress with his project. "For now, just Salman Khan is the only lead of the film. We are still not sure who will become the female lead, but once we decide upon it, we will surely break the news," ANI quoted the filmmaker as saying.

Scheduled to hit screens on Eid 2017, "Tubelight" is Salman and Kabir's third film together after "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan," both of which created ripples at the box office.

In other news, Salman wants the makers to explore virgin locations across the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He asked Kabir to zero in on places they have not shot at before.

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