Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan
Deepika and Salman have never worked together before. Pictured: Deepika at "Bajirao Mastani" promotions; Salman at "Dance India Dance" season 5.Varinder Chawla

Salman Khan's "Tubelight" begins in a day and sources have spilled the beans on what one could expect from the superstar this time. He's apparently playing a "man-child" and a slow-learner in the Kabir Khan directorial.

It would also be the first time when Salman would play a 'special' role in his career where he doesn't do the usual or play to the gallery. Kabir has taken special effort to make sure that the character is presented sensitively in the film," an insider told DNA.

Based on the Indo-Sino war of 1962, "Tubelight" is, at the heart of it, a love story where Salman's character falls in love with a girl from China.

There have been reports that Deepika Padukone has been signed up to play the 50-year-old actor's onscreen love interest, and that they will start their 80-day Ladakh schedule on July 28. But there seems to be hardly any truth to the news.

The makers have already finalised the female lead and it's not the "Bajirao Mastani" actress, a source told BollywoodLife, adding that Deepika has already assigned her dates to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati.' And considering how particular Bhansali is about his stars' dedication towards his projects, it doesn't seem likely that the actress can manage another film.


"Tubelight" is Kabir and Salman's third film together, after "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan," both of which made an impressive amount of money at the box office.

About the other projects:

While Salman has "Dabangg 3" and Rajkumar Santoshi's film lined up, Deepika has signed just one film this year, "Padmavati," which is expected to roll sometime in September.

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