The sudden startling announcement of and by Salman Khan of his latest project, entitled rather significantly Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali, raised quite a few eyebrows. Why announce a film for Eid 2021 which is a year-and-a -half away? Eid, as is well known, is a favourite period with Salman Khan to release his movies. Some of his biggest hits such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Dabangg, Kick etc released during Eid and proved to be huge blockbusters.
But definitely his fans were surprised when he suddenly announced this film. Well, it looks like there is a well thought-out strategy to this seemingly premature move. Apparently, Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali is a film relevant to, or rather a counterpoint to, the present day politics in India.
“In this atmosphere of polarization and toxicity, the need of the hour is messages of harmony and peace. Cinema has been a sincere platform of secularism in our country, Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali will take the cinematic experience back to the days of films like Yash Chopra’s Dharmputra and Dhool Ka Phool. It addresses the issue of Hindu-Muslim amity,” says an informed source.
Apparently the source for the plot is Salman Khan’s own family. “His father is Muslim. His mother is Hindu. Helen Aunty is a Catholic. Salman’s family is a living example of communal amity. The film’s plot will be similar. It will portray the ups and downs in a family which celebrates both Eid and Diwali with equal fervour. It will be Salman’s homage to the enduring spirit of oneness and brotherhood, a counterpoint to the currently vitiated atmosphere in the country,” says the source.