There was high drama at the trailer launch of Hero on Wednesday evening when Salman Khan officially presented his discoveries Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty to the public.
It was an evening of high emotional tides for Sooraj. While recalling the trauma and turmoil that he has undergone while shooting the film, the young actor broke down.
Says a source close to Sooraj, “Sooraj couldn’t hold back his tears as he recalled all the pain he had suffered during the last two years. The death of his girlfriend actress Jiah Khan and subsequent attempts by Jiah’s mother to implicate him in the alleged suicide has taken its toll on Sooraj. He shot the film through a haze of pain and hurt…It all came out bubbling to the surface at the trailer launch on Wednesday.”
Sooraj wept on stage, and Salman Khan came forward to console him. It was a moment of heartbreaking bonding between the protege and the mentor. Both have gone through their share of agony vis-a-vis the law.
Says a close friend of Sooraj, “There is an unspoken bond between Salman and Sooraj. Though they don’t speak about it much they feel one another’s pain.”
Incidentally Sooraj’s mother actress Zarina Wahab couldn’t make it to her son’s trailer launch. “I really wanted to be there. But I was shooting for an ad. And there was no way they could let me go for a few hours. I watched the trailer after I returned home late at night after the shooting. Really proud of my son and Athiya,” said Zarinaji emotionally.