Sources in the state secretariat said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who requested Khan to appear in the short film, has already seen it and also suggested some change, reported the daily. The film, titled Beautiful Bengal, will be made in English and Bengali and Khan will be seen speaking Bengali in it. It will be a first such film made by the Bengal government, which plans to use it to promote tourism in the state.
The film, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, has been shot at various places of the state and speaks about the state government's 'success' stories. Places like Darjeeling, Jangalmahal, Digha, Santiniketan, the Sunderbans, Dakshineswar, Furfura Sharif, St Paul's Cathedral Church in Kolkata have been included in the film.
Director Roy Chowdhury said the film was an idea film and that Khan's shooting was done in Mumbai. He also praised Khan, saying the latter had a great respect for Bengal's culture. Roy Chowdhury, however, refused to divulge details, said the daily.
It is learnt that Khan had advised Mamata to make such a film when he met the latter during this year's Indian Premier League. When Mamata asked him about his remuneration, the Bollywood star said he just wanted a fish fry.
The film, sources said, would highlight Bengal's changing socio-economical situation under a new political leadership besides its cultural diversity. A leader of the Trinamool Congress said the previous Left Front government never projected the state's image before the world but the current government would do so by capitalising on Khan's popularity.
State Tourism Minister Rachpal Singh said like Gujarat which has chosen Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador, Bengal has opted for SRK. "Foreigners will visit Bengal all the more owing to his attachment," he said, reported the daily.