Salman Khan’s fan following in small town India is legendary. Worshipped and admired by men, many model themselves on their beloved bhai. A new documentary, Being Bhaijaan, explores Indian masculinity by mapping the emotional, spiritual and philosophical contribution Salman Khan makes in the lives of men in small-town India. It will be screened at Mumbai’s Vikalp @ Alliance on Friday at 6:30 pm.
Directed by Shabani Hassanwalia and Samreen Farooqui, the 77-minute documentary follows a Salman lookalike, Shan Ghosh, who is known as the Salman of Nagpur, and other fans of the star in the city. They find themselves increasingly disconnected with the changing world and find solace in the old-fashioned values and heroism propagated by the superstar’s screen image. Both the filmmakers will be present for a discussion after the screening.