It is a known fact that Salman Khan won't be seen in Bombay Talkies, unlike his peers and contemporaries like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan who are all in there. While no one has gone on record to state the reason behind his absence, there have been speculations and rumours abound.
However, the makers haven't totally ignored or forgotten country's numero uno superstar. His presence is still being felt in the title song of Bombay Talkies which has just been released.
"The title song has a wide variety of singers who have come together for the actors with whom they have given many chartbusters. One such singer is S. P. Balasubramaniam who was Salman's voice in Maine Pyaar Kiya, Saajan and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun to name a few. Now in Bombay Talkies, there is a portion which has a, Didi Tera Dewar Deewana, setting to it," informs a source.
For that a set was also designed which was a replica of the famous number featuring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit. However Salman unavailability didn't deter makers from not bringing Salman to the audience.
"This is the reason why they have not just retained S. P. Balasubramaniam's voice, they have also included the shots which should actually have featured Salman. Now there is a youngster, from whose point of view the song is seen, who would be seen in this portion. It is the best that the makers could do in order to refrain from curtailing the song, and in the process leaving out S. P. Balasubramaniam who was heard after a hiatus, and still retain the essence of the song," a source adds.
So while Shah Rukh Khan (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge), Akshay Kumar (Khiladi) and Aamir Khan (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak), are reveling in the references being made to their films as well as the superstar status they have earned over the years, Salman has his virtual presence doing the trick with the ever-so-memorable staircase of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun keeping his legacy alive.