Shahrukh Khan replaces Aamir Khan in Rakesh Sharma's biopic 'Salute'

Aamir Khan opted out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma’s biopic titled ‘Salute’ and Shahrukh Khan has stepped into the role. The superstar will start shooting for the film in September.

The film will be jointly produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur. King Khan has apparently given his nod for the Mahesh Mathai directorial 'Salute' based on astronaut Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to go to space.

"SRK wants to start shooting in September and continue for two months before he starts promoting Zero, which releases on Christmas. After that, he will resume Salute's shoot from January 2019. The film is expected to release next year," told the source.

Apparently, the makers wants ‘Salute’ to have an Independence Day, 2018, release.

At a recent event, SRK said, “I haven’t signed a film yet. I really want to live with Zero because it’s a little tedious... I have been meeting Siddharth and Ronnie. I have met a lot of other directors and producers because I have to. But I haven’t confirmed anything yet…”

Rakesh Sharma joined the Indian Air Force in 1970 and flew on board the Soyuz T-11 with two Soviet cosmonauts in 1984 and landed on space station Salyut 7. When the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked him how India looked from outer space, he had said, “Saare Jahan Se Acha.” He was conferred with the highest peacetime gallantry award — the Ashoka Chakra.