Posts tagged Sajid Nadiadwala
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 13, 2013)
Imtiaz Ali, 41, knows that while he is perceived as a sorted and intelligent person, he is socially awkward and grapples with his complexities and immaturities. He is extremely proud of his upbringing and has no confusion in his mind that he would not be here today, if not for the kindness of Sunny Deol, who gave him his first break as a director. Bombay Times caught up with him while shooting Sajid Nadiadwala’s upcoming film Highway that, coincidentally, was the first film he had written in his life. He talks to us about his complexed childhood, his special relationship with Ranbir Kapoor and how he has been made due to accidents and failures. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born in Jamshedpur. My father did irrigation jobs and I would sometimes accompany him and that gave me a taste of what was going on in the innards of India. Since he was in a transferable job, we stayed in Patna for many years and that became an influential factor in my life. I was extremely introverted, nervous and largely an underachiever. I was good at neither studies nor sports and would lie a lot. I was complexed and awkward that I was good for nothing and was always lying. I would lie to my school friends that I was a stud in my colony and to my colony friends that I was a stud in school cricket and football teams, though I was in no team. I was trying to show myself as a bigger person than what I actually was. In class IX, I came back More >
Upala KBR (DNA; April 30, 2013)
After Hours reported (on April 10, 2013 Sajid-Sajid fall out) that producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Sajid Khan of Hey Babyy, Housefull and Housefull 2 have had a fallout. This had become apparent following the announcement that Khan was not directing Housefull 3. The tiff was sad because the two have been friends for years, and the working relationship came much later. The good news it that the two Sajid’s have patched-up.
Says an insider, “Last week an emotional Khan dropped into Nadiadwala’s office and met him. He wasn’t comfortable with people discussing their issues and enjoying the drama at their expense. For him Nadiad (as he is fondly called) is dear and special friend and he wanted to clear the air. Khan is known to be an emotional guy under that tough exterior, and he follows his heart. He felt like meeting Sajid, and he just walked into his office and gave him a big hug (a big star was having a meeting with the producer at that time) and the two had an emotional re-union.”
Khan affirms that the patch-up took place but doesn’t want to discuss it further. A friend of Nadiadwala says, “He loves Khan, and when people were talking about their professional split, he was telling his friends that they could never be mad at each other or have a misunderstanding because their bond is too strong. Things go wrong between the best of friends, and when there is love between friends, problems don’tlast.” Housefull 3 will go on the floors More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 29, 2013)
Small beginnings lead to bigger things — this could well hold true for Sandeepa Dhar. She was advised by many against doing a cameo in Dabangg 2 so early in her career. But luckily for her, the self-proclaimed Salman Khan fan, disregarded all that advice. That guest appearance has now helped her bag a pivotal role in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti, starring Tiger Shroff. Says Sandeepa, “Just before the release of Dabangg 2, I heard that Sajid and a few other filmmakers had noticed me. And here I am, in Heropanti.”
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; April 22, 2013)
With the deadlock over the dispute between stuntmen from the South and Mumbai, Salman Khan has lost around 12 days of shooting for his film Mental and has reportedly incurred a loss of 25 crore. Producer-director Sohail Khan has hired a leading South Indian fight master for the film. As per the All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC), 70% of the fighters have to be local (in this case, from the Hindi film industry) and 30% from the region of the fight master. But fighters from the South refused to shoot, demanding 50% of their men be hired for the action scenes.
A source said, “The unit had to return within a week even though it was a 15-day schedule in Kolhapur because the fighters refused to shoot. There was another schedule in Lavasa, which was a continuity sequence from a Dubai shoot, that needed the same fighters. There too, the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) refused to send their stuntmen.” Dharmesh Tiwari, President of AIFEC, said, “The FEFSI is not ready to follow the rule passed in March 2013, and they are forcing the producer to take 50% of their fighters.” It is learnt that producers and AIFEC are now contemplating on boycotting South Indian fighters. Aejaz Gulab, General Secretary, Mumbai Stuntmen Association, said, “If they continue like this, and not follow the AIFEC regulation, there are chances producers may stop working with them.” Meanwhile, some Hindi film producers have already More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 22, 2013)
In a first, Sajid Nadiadwala, Kabir Khan and Saif Ali Khan team up for a film. The yetuntitled thriller is set against a contemporary backdrop and will focus on the lesser-known aspects of sub-continental politics. The movie will be shot in India, the Middle East, the US and Europe and the female lead opposite Saif is yet to be decided.
Says Sajid, “I have loved the three films Kabir has made (Kabul Express, New York and Ek Tha Tiger). Our journey together will be interesting and that is most important to me.”
Talking about his hero, Kabir says, “I have admired Saif for being a powerhouse performer and also one of the biggest stars in the country. I’m also excited about working with Sajid, knowing the kind of canvas my film will get. It will be interesting to see my genre of films merging with his banner.”
More and more production houses are coming together to make films… Aakanksha Naval-Shetye investigates the upside and flipside of this new business model
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; April 21, 2013)
B-Town has developed a fascination with joint-productions. But is there a sense behind these partnerships? Ideally when two big banners come together, they should bring their strengths to the table. Like a big A-list hero. So when Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala announce a film together, one should bring Shah Rukh Khan to the table and the other Salman Khan. Now that would be big. But their co-production 2 States stars two newcomers Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor. The question begging to be asked is: Why does a Dharma or a Nadiadwala need to come together to cast these newbies? The answer is simple. Karan wanted to make this film and Sajid had bought the rights to the Chetan Bhagat’s novel.
Ekta Kapoor announces co-venture with Pritish Nandy Communications to produce Shaadi Ke Side Effects starring Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar. Again, here was a film that was a sequel to PNC’s Pyar Ke Side Effects, they wanted a A-List star to act in the film. Ekta, liked the script and roped Vidya for the film.
Then there is Karan Johar and Anurag Basu’s Hasee Toh Phasee with Parneeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra in the lead. Karan has admitted many times that he doesn’t have the sensibility to make a film like Anurag, though he thinks there is an audience for his brand of cinema, like Udaan, More >
The actor says everyone should be professional about their work and treat everything as such
Upala KBR (DNA; April 17, 2013)
Director Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala have been in the news for the past few days. The director and the producer, who worked on three films, will not be working together in the near future. Battle lines have been drawn and friends have taken sides and line up behind ‘their guy’. At this point, Saif Ali Khan is the only actor in the B-Town who is ‘friends’ with both Sajids.
Saif is working in Khan’s next comedy and he is also part of Nadiadwala’s next to be directed by Kabir Khan. He doesn’t find it necessary to take sides. In fact, SAK is one actor who has consciously never been part of any camp in the industry.
Recently when there were reports that Saif was having second thoughts of working with Khan after the debacle of Himmatwala, the Nawab of Pataudi came out in support of the director. That raised eyebrows in the industry that was speculating if the actor had indeed picked sides. But Saif refuses to get drawn into a tug-of-war between the two ex-friends both of whom he is working with.
Saif has always been very clear about his friendships and priorities in Bollywood. He prefers to walk his own path and is purely interested in doing good films without getting dragged into people’s personal equations with each other. There is no question of him leaving either of the films. He wants to do gritty commercial entertainers like the ones More >
Nadiadwala, who turns director with Kick, is forming a team with formidable credentials to help him sail through
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 16, 2013)
Jaideep Sen (right), who assisted Raj Kanwar in films including Jeet, Jaan, Judaai and Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, will now assist the man who produced these movies – Sajid Nadiadwala (left) – in his directorial debut, Kick.
This comes as a surprising move from Sen, who has already directed Krazzy 4 (2008) and is currently first assistant director to Rakesh Roshan in Krrish 3.The question that popped up was this: Why would an established director want to go back to being an assistant to a debutant director? Jaideep said: “Being a part of Kick is my privilege. Sajid is a role model and I was happy when he said yes to my request.” Nadiadwala, on his part confirmed, saying: “There are other people who have done short films in the past, who will also be assisting me.”
Apparently, the producer-director is busy building the right team for his first film as director, and has also cherry picked talented short film directors to help him in his endeavour.
A source close to the development said: “Sajid has been a hands-on producer for so many years, and is completely in control of the project in that role. However, as a director, it’s a completely different ball game. Sajid has never directed any film in the past and Jaideep will be the main person calling the shots.” A source close to Sen added: “Jaideep has been briefed More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 10, 2013)
On March 29, Mirror had reported that the I&B Ministry had called for a meeting with film producers and the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between April 3 and April 5 to set the pace for necessary amendments to the Cinematograph Act 1952.
We can now tell you that the meeting which took place as scheduled had the Ministry put forth the proposal of categorising Indian films in a manner different to what has been hitherto followed. Which means if the Ministry has its way, films will no longer be certified as U, U/A, A. Instead, they will fall under any one of the following categories: Above 12 years of age (Under Parental Guidance), Above 15 years of age (Under Parental Guidance) or Above 18 years of age.
Among those present were Ritesh Sidhwani, Ramesh Sippy, President of the Producers’ Guild Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMTPP) Sajid Nadiadwala, Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association Chief TP Agarwal, CBFC Chief Leela Samson, CBFC CEO Pankaja Thakur, and senior members of the special panel instituted under the chairmanship of judicial expert Mukul Mudgal to review the functioning of the Board.
Filmmakers are not too happy with the proposal as they feel it will deflate their audience. CEO of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India, Kulmeet Makkar, said: “Yes, there is a proposal by the I&B Ministry but it would be very subjective in a country More >
His unsparing assessment of the star’s career on a TV show reportedly led to his ouster from the Housefull franchise
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 11, 2013)
Creative differences with Sajid Nadiadwala may be part of the problem but the real reason why Sajid Khan will not wield the megaphone for the producer’s next, Housefull 3, is the spat he has had with the star of the franchise – Akshay Kumar.
During a recent show on TV, when host Rajeev Masand asked Sajid why he doesn’t work with newcomers, he replied: “Housefull 1 and Housefull 2, sort of, got Akshay out of a bad patch of six to seven flop films. He had a run of six to seven flop films, after which Housefull became the first big grosser in 2010. Then again, he had a patch of six to seven films. Then again, it was Housefull 2.”
Not surprsingly, Sajid’s comments did not go down well with Akshay, who promptly called him and gave him a piece of his mind. “It was a big showdown. The conversation ended with Akshay telling Sajid he didn’t want to interact with him anymore,” revealed a friend of the actor. “Akshay is very angry and has told his buddies about it. Even filmmakers like Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani and Farhan Akhtar don’t pass such remarks. Like every other actor, Akshay has had his share of highs and lows. More significantly, he is on a firm footing right now,” the friend pointed out.
When word about the fiasco reached Nadiadwala, he decided Sajid would not direct Housefull 3, especially since he is More >