This is a high-profile pairing of three people riding a box-office wave: Kareena Kapoor opposite Akshay Kumar in Sajid Nadiadwala’s next blockbuster, Kambakth Ishq. The film will be directed by Sabir Khan.
If Bebo is basking in Jab We Met glory, Akki is the star of the year with a string of hits.
Says Kareena: “This is the first film I have signed post-Jab We Met. It’s a very unusual love story, I loved the script, and I always wanted to act under the Sajid Nadiadwala banner. I am also looking forward to working with Akshay again after Yash Raj’s Tashan. This will be our fifth film together and we share an excellent chemistry on screen.”
Sajid Nadiadwala, high on the success of Hey Babyy (“it has grossed 100 crore in India in five weeks”, he tells us) is quite ecstatic about signing on Bebo. “My director Sabir and I both saw Jab We Met together and absolutely loved it. Her transition from an extrovert to a mature character was fantastic. It was a difficult role, and she was exemplary.”
Adds Sajid: “Kambakth Ishq is a romantic drama with comedy in it.... Kareena is working for the first time with our banner and I am excited about it. She would suit the role perfectly. We have had a 100 per cent golden jubilee hit record with her sister Karisma in Jeet and Judwaa. Kareena’s dad Randhir Kapoor has worked with Nadiadwala Grandsons in films including Haath Ki Safai and Rampur Ka Lakshman.”
Questioned about Kareena being choosy about her scripts and the three-month-long hunt for his heroine, Sajid laughs: “When I approached Kareena, she said she didn't want to hear the script, she just wanted to start shooting. That was her confidence in our banner.”
A maker of “women-centric films where the girl’s role is pivotal to the story”, Sajid is happy that “all the boys and girls who have acted in my films have done well”.
The shooting for Kambakth Ishq is slated to begin in January with nine actors from Hollywood. The film will largely be shot in Los Angeles. “It will be an international love story on a huge scale,” promises Sajid.