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Half-hearted nepotism bites Salman Khan

Despite Salman Khan doing everything in his power to promote his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut film Love Yatri, it’s been a colossal failure at the box office. And with it, end Sharma’s Salman-fuelled dreams of stardom.

Apparently, the superstar who’s known to unrelentingly stand by his “discoveries”, was unsure of his brother-in-law’s on-screen potential right from the start. But then he’s always been overly-indulgent when it comes to family.

A close friend of Salman reveals, “Salman wasn’t keen on launching his brother-in-law. But what to do? He’s the family’s son-in-law after all, and everyone knows Salman won’t deny his baby-sister Arpita anything.” Once the actor committed to producing the project, there was no looking back, even though everyone around him clearly indicated that they wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.

“He tried to get an A-list heroine for the film, but everyone excused themselves pleading a lack of time. Only Katrina Kaif could have said yes. But since she’s so closely associated with Salman, it would have been odd for her to be seen romancing his brother-in-law. So he had no choice but to sign a newcomer opposite Ayush. All of Salman’s established director-friends also backed out, and a new director had to be brought on board,” the friend of the actor says.

Even Karan Johar, who was initially to co-produce the film, ended up abandoning the project, much to Salman’s wrath.

“Now that the film has fizzled out, it’s the end of Salman’s commitment to launch his brother-in-law,” the source adds. Hopefully, the superstar has learnt a lesson or two from this.

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