Bollywood’s renowned producer Sajid Nadiawala is all set to launch several fresh faces and stories over the span of next one year. It’s all part of a new plan, to back and present a new generation of talent and stories to the world. “There are new stories coming my way and since they are interesting, I am backing them,” says Sajid, referring to his recent release ‘Highway‘ and the upcoming ‘2 States‘.
This producer’s very first collaboration with ‘Highway’ director Imtiaz Ali has got them huge critical acclaim and success. “If I could, I would’ve had him on board four years ago. Our second movie with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starts in July. We wanted to work on it first, but since we had a gap of six-eight months while planning it, we made Highway. It’s a wonderful story told in a modest budget and I didn’t want to let go of an opportunity to work with Imtiaz,” says Sajid.
About teaming up with Karan Johar for the first time, Sajid says, “That film was green-lighted by 90% of the industry. Whoever I went to, they wanted to do it because they had read the book. One of Karan’s directors had written a screenplay. I read it and loved it.” Such collaborations are taking him on a different path, but for Sajid, it is all organic. “When I made one film a year, I did it with people I liked. I made four-five films with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. But these new films need newer faces. We are launching new directors next year, like I launched Shirish (Kunder), Sajid (Khan), Sabbir (Khan), etc, a few years ago.”
He is also taking to the director’s chair for the first time with Kick, starring Salman and Jacqueline Fernandez. “It’s not too difficult to balance between being a producer and director. I now understand my directors much more than before,” he concludes.