As the National award winning film ‘Yellow’ rang up the curtains of the first three-day International Film Festival for the Persons with Disabilities (IFFPD), its filmmaker, Mahesh Limaye revealed that superstar Salman Khan is keen to remake the film in Hindi.

Speaking to thestatesman.com, Limaye said Salman loved the Marathi film that puts the spotlight on the needs of a special child and the Hindi version of the film is likely to hit the floor next year.

“The day he saw the film, he immediately said that he would remake it in Hindi. He loved the film and was curious about how it was made,” Limaye said.

Salman had even sent a special video message for the differently-abled kids who had come to attend the first of its kind film festival at Siri Fort auditorium here. Salman&’s recent superhit ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was also screened on the first day of the festival which will go on from December 1 to 3.

Talking about ‘Yellow’ that won several National awards including the special jury award with child actors Gauri Gadgil and Sanjana Rai receiving special mentions, Limaye said the film is based on Gauri, who in real life has Down Syndrome.

“This is the first time that a film based on a disabled person and that person is also playing the lead,” a proud Limaye said adding that the story is about how the child is abandoned by her father because of her disorder but grows up to become an international swimming champion.

Limaye was all praise for Gauri and said that the 10-year-old was the only inspiration behind the film.

“I got the idea for this movie when I met Gauri. At the age of 10, she started water therapy. She began swimming and soon she became an international swimmer. I was inspired by her,” said Limaye.

When quizzed if the cast in the Hindi version would be the same, Limaye said, he would direct the film while Gauri wil again play the lead. “Rest of the cast might change,” he said.

In the past, films like ‘Koshish’, ‘Sparsh’, ‘Sadma’ and ‘Khamoshi’ have been successful in portraying the challenges faced by people with disabilities and in turn changed the society&’s outlook towards them, recent hits like ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Margarita with a Straw’ and ‘Barfi’ have spread the message further.

Limaye, however, said his personal favourite was Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Barfi’.

I loved ‘Barfi’ the most and I thought that ‘Black’ was a brilliant film!”

About the concept of the film festival for the disabled, Limaye praised the organisers for the initiative to spread awareness on the issue.

“Hats off to the organisers who came up with the idea. They (disabled) don’t just deserve sympathy as they have abilities which you can’t even think of. What these gifted ones can do is simply amazing,” he said.

Meanwhile, the director is all set to start shooting his new venture, a commercial love story in Marathi.

“It will be a love story… the name is yet to be finalized,” he said.