Salman Khan hosted a private screening of his home production, Antim: The Final Truth, for members of his staff at his Panvel farmhouse last week, with the final shoot completed in the second week of July. The film, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, stars Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma, Pragya Jaisal, Mahima Makwana, and Jisshu Sengupta, and is a remake of the Marathi film Mulshi Pattern.
Free Press quoted a source as saying, “Salman held a screening of Antim at his Panvel farmhouse last week. Social distancing and strict safety protocols were maintained by those while watching the movie at his farmhouse. Everyone in his staff, from the cook to his security staff, driver, and some of the people who work on his farm, watched a rough cut. Salman likes to watch his films multiple times before release to check if it needs any work.”
“He trusts his staff completely. They have been with him for years through his highs and lows and always give him honest feedback. Salman was watching it and he wanted his staff’s opinion as Antim is a commercial, mass-oriented entertainer,” the source added.
Mulshi Pattern has been developed for a pan-Indian audience by Mahesh Manjrekar. Salman portrays a Punjabi cop, while Aayush plays Rahulya, a thug in the film. Apart from producing the film, Salman has a personal and emotional investment in it, as Aayush plays the protagonist and a difficult character.
The film is a relaunch for Aayush, who has gone to tremendous lengths and undergone a total transformation to represent his character convincingly against Salman’s larger-than-life presence on screen.
Varun Dhawan’s Ganpati song alongside Salman and Aayush was apparently a hit with Salman’s team. “It is one of the highlights of Antim as is Bhai ka birthday song. The Ganpati song is a peppy dance track choreographed by Mudassar Khan. The song, composed by Hitesh Modak, is titled Dev Bappa Ganesha and was shot in Film City in Mumbai in January this year,” the source said.
Antim was shot during the pandemic and is one of the fastest film that Salman has shot. He began filming for Antim in the first week of December of last year, and the final schedule was completed earlier this month.