Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala who is currently busy directing Kick has maintained a very strict policy in his career. He never worked with his friend Salman Khan’s girlfriends! Not when he was dating them nor when he split with them.
Sajid Nadiadwala never approached Sangeeta Bijlani, Somy Ali or Aishwarya Rai.
But now, the director looks to break this jinx by signing sizzling actress Katrina Kaif. She will be starring opposite Saif Ali Khan in Kabir Khan’s next produced by Nadiadwala.
Says a source, “When Imtiaz Ali was considering various actresses for the role opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Sajid’s production (untitled film), he tried to steer the director in the direction of Deepika Padukone and away from Katrina. That was one of the reasons Dips got the film. When it came to Kabir’s film too, Sajid was reluctant to take Katrina for the part. But Kabir, who has directed Kat in New York and Ek ThaTiger, was keen to repeat her and was adamant about roping her in.
He is very impressed with the actresses’ professionalism and dedication and she suited the role, so he wasn’t even willing to consider someone else for the role. Finally, Kabir managed to convince Sajid that she was the best bet for the film.”
Sajid had to finally give in. The source further adds, “Kat too had been repeatedly calling Sajid for Kabir’s film and showing interest in the project. She even met him a couple of times to persuade him. Finally, Sajid gave the go-ahead to sign Katrina before he left for London. The actress and Salman have broken up and moved on with their respective partners, she with Ranbir and he with Lulia, so Sajid decided to take a professional stand rather than an emotional one, as he had been doing all these years.”
Kabir denies he had to persuade Nadiadwala for Katrina, “I have never heard of any such rule.”