Salman Khan, who is currently shooting for Kabir Khan's Tubelight in Manali is set to produce a biopic on Somen Banerjee, a Bengali immigrant who founded Chippendales; a touring dance troupe better known for its male striptease erotic dance performances.
Confirming the plans to produce the film, Khan while speaking to a leading daily, said,
"A Bengali man, who moved from India to America in the late '60s, struggled and created one of America's most iconic brands. We are going to tell the story of Somen Banerjee, a man driven by fierce ambition, on celluloid."
COO of Salman Khan Films, Amar Bhutala, too seemed very excited about the subject and spoke about the big plans the production house has for the film. He said,
"The story of Somen Banerjee has all the shades of a gangster film - raw greed, power and violence. We're currently working on the script and the plan is two-fold - to produce a feature film and to develop it as a mini-series as well."
The biopic will track Somen's journey from Bengal to Europe where he was known as Steve Banerjee. The story will tackle the emotional quotient of Somen's life, including how he juggled his ambitions with his family.
The biopic will be the fourth film produced by Khan after Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Hero and Tubelight. The film is currently being scripted and is expected to go on floors in 2017.
-- With Bombay Times Inputs