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The actor has been cast by YRF for the first time in a romantic film opposite Katrina Kaif
Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif have finally signed a film that will go on floors next month. After Sanjay Gadhvi’s 7 Days In Paris ran into financial trouble and Emraan Hashmi replaced Imran Khan in Dibakar’s next, Yash Raj Films has signed Imran Khan and Katrina for their next.
Though still untitled, the film will be directed by debutante Ali Abbas Zafar (As reported by Mumbai Mirror yesterday). Ali has written the script and the film will be the next one to go on floors under the YRF banner as early as next month.
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Yes, YRF has got a fresh new face in Imran but the actor too has benefited from this deal. As reported earlier, Sanjay Gadhvi’s film ran into financial trouble and Emraan Hashmi replaced Imran Khan in Dibakar’s political thriller. Apparently, Imran and Dibakar intend to do a film eventually but that’s for later. In the meantime, the two debacles have seemingly brought luck to both Imran and Katrina.
Our source said, “This is the first time Imran will work in a YRF Film. The film was not scheduled to start earlier but since Katrina had bulk dates to give, considering Dostana 2 was postponed, Imran also agreed and the film is ready to take off immediately.
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Imran is known to be choosy but he loved the script and has signed the film. It’s a romantic film. Ali has assisted YRF in four films earlier: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, New York, Tashan and the recently released Badmash Company.”
Imran Khan confirmed, “I am happy to be a part of the film and to be working with YRF. I love the way Adi functions. I also liked the way Ali has visualised his script.”
Aditya Chopra has decided to launch his trusted assistant Ali Abbas Zafar as a director with a YRF project tentatively starring Katrina Kaif
While the mystery over Yash Chopra’s next directorial venture continues, it’s business as usual at Yash Raj Films. Lafangey Parindey is ready for release and Shaadi Mubarak is on the sets even as YRF is set to start another film which will be directed by one of Aditya Chopra’s most trusted assistants, Ali Abbas Zafar. It will be a romantic film.
A source said, “Ali has already assisted Shaad Ali on Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Vijay Krishna Acharya on Tashan, Kabir Khan on New York and Parmeet Sethi on Badmaash Company. Adi has immense trust in him and wanted him to helm a film.
The script is by Adi himself and he has assigned Ali to direct the film for him. There is word that Katrina Kaif has already signed on while talks are on with a top star to play the main lead.”
When contacted, YRF’s official spokesperson confirmed, “Yes, Yash Raj Films is launching Ali Abbas Zafar as a director. However, the artistes for the film have still not been completely locked in. We will be making an announcement soon.”
Katrina did not revert to our queries.
Taking a few years off to continue studying, after having been part of the workforce, is a luxury only a few of us can afford. In the film industry, where getting independent charge of a film is tough, it would be suicidal. And yet, there’s one person who has done exactly that.
Shaad Ali Sahgal, director of blockbusters like Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli and the tepid Jhoom Barabar Jhoom has not only taken two years (by the time Raavana releases in June 2010) out of his professional life to assist his mentor Mani Ratnam with the never ending Raavana, he also doesn’t think there is anything weird about it or that it means taking a step back. “No,” he says resolutely, “it’s not a step back because beside the fact that Mani sir is my mentor and guru, Raavana is as much my film as any film of mine and I’m still learning with every film.”
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“In fact,” he adds, “I have been with him for every film of his from Dil Se except when I have been shooting at the same time. It’s not something I am asked to do; it’s just something I do. I will continue to do this in the future, as I would for any close friend or anyone who had worked for me too. I have a 13-year-long relationship with Mani sir, nearly half my life. For some films I stay for a longer duration, for others I am there for a shorter while.”
He is rather amused when asked what exactly it is that he does on a Mani film which another assistant can’t. “I run around and get the work done and give whatever creative and logistic input I can give to him which is what I would do for my own film. I work very very closely with him and because over a period of time our relationship has grown, my inputs are taken more seriously. I try and add as much value as I can when I am on set, try to anticipate problems and see that the work is done on time. Also,” he adds with a laugh, “I think I am the best assistant in the country.”
Shaad was 19 and had just finished school when he saw Mani’s Roja and knew he had found the man he wanted to learn from except that Mani sent him away saying he wasn’t a good teacher. Two years later, when Shaad was 21 he brushed aside Mani’s objections and insisted he take him on. “Luckily Mani sir was making Dil Se and needed someone to help him with his Hindi,” Shaad says with a chuckle. Shaad never left.
He shot into prominence as an independent director with the sensitive Saathiya (a remake of Mani’s Alaipayuthey) and then completely lived up to his early promise with the fun and cheeky Bunty aur Babli which did more for the cause of small-town India than a dozen National Geographic documentaries could. He faltered with Jhoom Barabar Jhoom but insists it was not the failure that made him go back to school, as it were. “I will only make a film when I think I need to make a film and I have something to say. Though Jhoom… didn’t work, I liked the script. It is not in my hands if a film works or not.”
Shaad is 34 and Mani is in his mid-fifties. When asked to define their relationship, Shaad reflects. “It’s a very strange bond, he’s neither like a boss nor like a father, it’s a friendship. It’s a relationship that I have earned and which I will always have. I talk about everything to him and I run all my scripts past him. Sometimes when he comes up with ideas which no one else would think of, I am awestruck. He is a genius and he keeps showing that quite often. It’s like seeing Sachin bat from upclose.”
He continues, “It’s an old and strong bond, it’s beyond films and assisting. He and I are very close friends, we are in touch almost daily.”
Co-workers on the sets say Shaad was very protective about Mani after he suffered his heart attack and would constantly monitor the food Mani ate as well as keep him supplied with the pills he needed to take. Shaad is totally nonchalant about it, “If somebody in your family is not well, won’t you monitor his food and check-ups? It’s just a normal thing; it’s not anything out of the ordinary.”
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Shaad’s next film will once again be for YRF but while he doesn’t know what that is going to be, he does know that it will be more serious without losing its entertainment quotient and not just be a completely light and musical film because he is done with that. And will Rahman score the music? “It all depends on the film I’m doing and what kind of music I want and what kind of time I have to be with Rahman because everyone wants to work with Rahman, but Rahman wants to work with very few people,” he says.
And on the subject of assisting, would he assist anyone who wanted a ‘great assistant’? His answer is typically non melodramatic, “I don’t think anybody wants me but if there is a close friend or someone that has worked with me or has been my assistant or my boss, if they need me, I’m available any time for any kind of help.”
|• We believe that initially you didn’t want to star in Blue because you didn’t know how to swim.
The first time the producers called me, I asked them what the film was all about. They told me that it is India’s first underwater action film. They were a little shocked when I stopped them immediately. That’s when they went to Akshay and asked him, “What’s wrong with her? We offered her the most expensive film in the Hindi film industry and she refused to hear the script.” Akshay called me up and asked me, “What’s wrong with you?” I said, “Have you gone mad? You know very well that I can’t swim. Why are you wasting your time?” And he said, “Take swimming lessons.” I had severe hydrophobia. I got a coach, who taught me to take the first lap in seven swimming sessions. Then for the next three months we just learnt how to swim and breathe underwater. For me it was a sink or swim situation.
• How was the experience of shooting underwater?
• After Partner and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, you have signed very few films…
• You were also writing a script.
• There has been a lot of speculation about your personal life…
• Does it disturb that you are being talked about more for your personal life than your work?
• You always spoke about Kelly but that was not the case with Dino…
• So is your relationship with Mahesh Bhupati going through that period?
In a rare display of guru-shishya bonding, Shaad Ali devotes himself to Mani Ratnam’s film; he is efficient assistant, nursemaid and mediator on the sets
In Mani Ratnam’s Raavana, Govinda plays Hanuman, while Vikram, the star from the south, plays Ram. Off camera, a heart-warming relationship between the guru and shishya is playing out on the sets. Even the crew equates Shaad to the devoted Hanuman, while his reverence for Mani Ratnam has put the latter on a pedestal as Ram.
Mani could not have wished for a better assistant than Shaad Ali. After directing films like Saathiya, Bunty aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Shaad should ideally be concentrating on getting his next (with Yash Raj Films) off the ground. Instead, he prioritised his mentor Mani Ratnam’s film and rushed to the south to assist him.
Shaad’s involvement goes deeper than the professional commitment. He also plays Mani’s nursemaid and right-hand man. He ferociously guards the senior director from potential problems, tends to his dietary needs and keeps a paternal eye on his guru’s health.
When Mani was hospitalised for his heart problem, Shaad was at his bedside constantly. He played a significant role in nursing the senior director back to health. His dogged devotion extends to monitoring Mani’s meals to keep the unhealthy stuff at bay. He fusses over his dietary dos and don’ts and nothing can get past his watchful eye, as he inspects the dabbas daily.
Shaad is up at the crack of dawn for a 6am shoot. At 5am, he makes sure that everything is in order and flawless to give his guru minimum reason to stress when he arrives at 5.45am. Even on the sets, everything is chalked out, so Mani doesn’t have to exert himself physically.
The assistant is also the good cop to Mani’s bad cop. Mani has the reputation of being quite the taskmaster, and the stars dare not voice their objections to the tough orders. Shaad plays the mediator and irons out any disputes brewing on the sets, often leading the problems to amicable solutions.
Even though stars return to Mumbai at the end of schedules, Shaad stays put by his guru’s side and intends to park himself there through post-production and till the film releases. As far as his YRF film is concerned, it was supposed to take off early next year. Mani’s health has delayed that project. An unperturbed Shaad has informed Aditya Chopra to push back the plans as well. Shaad’s new film has three heroes and three heroines, newcomers in all probability. He will not move on to his ambitious project with YRF, until his guru’s film releases in cinemas.
Shaad Ali has given new meaning to the phrase, ‘Work is worship.’