Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute To Love is a forthcoming Bollywood film, directed by Nikhil Advani starring Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, Govinda, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Sohail Khan, Ishaa Koppikar, Anjana Sukhani and Shannon Esrechowitz in lead roles. The movie weaves a number of love stories together thanks to the relationships of the people within it. How the stories interact is quite complicated to explain. The movie is said to be based on Richard Curtis's Hollywood blockbuster, Love Actually.
The film weaves a number of love stories together, with a number of characters linking them together. Below are summaries of each vignette.
Kkamini and Rahul:
Kkamini (Priyanka Chopra) wakes up to another scandal in the morning newspapers. The most sought after item girl in Bollywood cannot help, but get involved with all sorts of problems with the media. Problems that she attributes as the cause for not landing up with coveted heroine roles. The roles that she came to the big bad world of Bollywood for.But things are going to change because Kkamini has devised a plot to change her image in the media, the public eye and most importantly the big producers of Bollywood. A plot that will propel her from being an item girl to being the number one heroine in India. The only thing that she did not anticipate was the arrival of Rahul (John Abraham) into her life...
Vinay, Seema and Anjali:
Vinay Malhotra (Anil Kapoor) wakes up in his picture perfect suburban London home every morning. He is cared for by his picture perfect wife, Seema (Juhi Chawla) and is kissed goodbye by his picture perfect daughters. He goes to his picture perfect London PR job and returns to his picture perfect wife, daughters and home. But things are going to change after Vinay meets the not so perfect Anjali (Anjana Sukhani). Unconventional, over-confident and extremely determined, Anjali comes from a world that Vinay could only dream of. A world where the very modern single girl living in London gets what she wants, and now Anjali wants Vinay Malhotra.
Shiven and Gia:
Shiven (Akshaye Khanna) wakes up to a nightmare. The most consummate bachelor in New Delhi is engaged to get married in the next 10 days. The most consummate bachelor in New Delhi has suddenly realized what's in store for him. The most consummate Bachelor in New Delhi wants to break off the engagement. And in the process, he hurts his fiancé to be, Gia (Ayesha Takia) but retrieving the freedom he wanted so much seemed more important. He had been dating Gia's sister and regretted it. But things are going to change for Shiven, because with each passing day, with every agonizing hour, he begins to realize that without Gia, he is incomplete.
Tehzeeb and Ashutosh:
Tehzeeb (Vidya Balan) wakes up in the morning only to find a small diamond pendant by her bedside. An anniversary gift from her very romantic husband Ashutosh (Salaam Khan). They had eloped and got married two years ago. Struggling like all young married couples in Mumbai, both of them work at a news channel. Tehzeeb is a field reporter and Ashutosh is a film editor. Completely crazy about each other they find it quite difficult to keep their hands off each other. But things are going to change because Tehzeeb is going to be involved in a tragic accident that will change everything in their lives and that will put Ashu’s love for her to the ultimate test.
Raju and Stephanie:
Raju Taxiwala (Govinda) wakes up in the morning and gets into his colourful Delhi taxi. He drives from his home in Chandni Chowk to the New Delhi International Airport like he has for the last 15 years. He joins the long queue at the airport like he has for the last 15 years. Unlike other taxi drivers, he does not complain about the ever-increasing queue. He hasn't complained about the increasing queue even once in the past 15 years. Why? Because he enjoys watching the doors of the New Delhi International Airport. Opening and closing. He enjoys watching the passengers coming out. Hoping that among them will be HER. His blonde dream girl, Stephanie (Shannon Esrechowitz). The girl that he has waited for the last 15 years. But things are going to change for Raju because his dream girl does come from those very doors. The only problem is that Stephanie has come looking not for Raju, but for Rohit Chaddha (Kushaal Punjabi) – her boyfriend.
Ramdayal and Phoolwati:
Ramdayal (Sohail Khan) and Phoolwati (Ishaa Koppikar) are a newly-wed couple in Haryana. He wants to spend the rest of his life with his newly married wife. He wants to spend every hour fulfilling the lust that has been building up within him towards her, all these years. But things are going to change for Ramdayal, because no matter how and where Ramdayal tries to fulfill that burning desire, something goes wrong and Ramdayal and Phoolwati are thrown into a series of events that become tragically and comically almost fatal.
- There is a rumour that the movie is said to be based on the Hollywood blockbuster, Love Actually, however, this is said to be false.
- Karan Johar will be making a cameo appearance in this movie during the Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra episode in the film. Karan Johar was approached by Advani after previously working with him in as an assistant director in his films and after Johar produced his directorial venture, Kal Ho Naa Ho.
- Sonali Bendre was originally chosen to be paired with Govinda, but pulled out, so the part was re-written and Shannon Esrechowitz was put in her place.
- The music will be released on Dec 2nd, 2006. A benefit event has been organized for the Angan trust. Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy will perform while Vikram Phadnis will conduct a fashion show with all the cast of the movie.