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Salman Khan may have set the cash registers ringing with his performance in Judwaa (1997). But the sequel to the comedy movie will see Saif Ali Khan in the lead role. Director Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala plan to start Judwaa 2 in January-February next year.

“I’ll start Judwaa 2
with Saif after wrapping up my next film starring Ajay Devgn,” confirms the director.

He adds, “Saif and I have known each other for a long time. Actually, we first thought of working together around a year back, but things couldn’t be put together. Now, I am looking forward to teaming up with him. Plus, Nadiad (Sajid Nadiadwala) is like my elder brother.”

The original film, directed by David Dhawan, had Salman play a double role, that of estranged twins Raja and Prem. For their 2013 project, Khan mentions that they plan to hire technical experts from Hollywood to play up the duplicity.

“With the help of technology, both the characters will eat, run, turn around and fight in a very realistic manner,” says the Housefull 2 director, who insists that Judwaa 2 is not exactly a sequel.

Writer duo Sajid-Farhad, who have worked on Golmaal and Housefull 2, will begin work on the screenplay along with Sajid Khan in about four months. “So, all other details including casting are far from being finalised. At this point, my time is divided between Housefull 2’s post-production work and the story-screenplay of Ajay’s film,” informs Sajid Khan.

The filmmaker adds that the second edition of the multi-starrer 2010 comedy required more effort than part one.

“This time, I had 21 main actors and 600 junior artistes in the climax. I was going completely crazy. Mithun Chakraborty could see it, so he took me aside and asked me to take it easy,” he reminisces.

Have there been days when you have had to drag yourself to work?

Yes, on some days. Like today for this photo shoot. Ever since I was a kid one of the first things I realised is that this is the only job where I’d be excited to go to work every day. There is rarely a day when you are like, ‘Oh no’. And the good thing is you get to choose your films and your roles. Hopefully, you are in a position where you choose something not just to support yourself but because it’s something exciting to do.

Are you hassled with the constant travelling your work demands.

I’m not hassled at all. I’m just a little amazed that I’m doing it. But that’s an average actor’s life. Not that I’m average! But there is, at least in my life, a lot of travel, a lot of hotel rooms, a lot of work abroad. So the day after I shot an ad in Eastern Europe, I was shooting in Mumbai for another ad. That’s a bit tight.

Aarakshan was the second film you did with Amitabh Bachchan after Eklavya. What does working with an actor of his stature do to you as an actor?

When I was doing Eklavya I thought I’d better be well prepared. I had a lot of lines with him. I remember thinking, it’s not correct for me to be intimidated. I was psyching myself. I said I must respect him but I must not be in awe of him. That was the hardest part. So, when I achieved that I felt I’d achieved something great.

Was it easier the second time around?

No, Eklavya was home territory for me. I was playing a role that was easy. I just had to know my lines really. I mean I was playing a prince who’s returned from London. But in Aarakshan, I was a bit worried because I wasn’t 100 per cent comfortable in what I was trying to portray. And I knew, as always, Amitji would be. It wasn’t about being competitive but being good at what you’re doing. I was a little conscious about whether I’d get it right because it’s so new to me. And then, Amitji said something about learning lines — that you have to learn them and remember them when you’re in the gym, in the shower and when falling asleep.

Apparently, Kareena was unable to give dates for your film Agent Vinod because she was committed to other projects.
She’s busy but that’s not the reason Agent Vinod is delayed. I think we underestimated how long it would take to cut an action movie like this. But there’s no harm done. In the meanwhile, I’ve gone and shot two movies (Aarakshan and Cocktail). I think the rumours started because I had said it would take less time than it has actually taken.

You’ve already rubbished the stories about Kareena and you having problems. Do these kind of things irritate you?

It’s difficult to control this kind of talk when you’re in a relationship. It’s really tough because everyone goes on about your relationship. They don’t even understand what it is. They’ve got their own perceptions of her being a bitch or me being an idiot, or me being something or her being something. Whatever it is, it’s not what it seems, obviously. I’m not that stupid. But the idea is to keep it separate. Otherwise, it overshadows everything you’re trying to do as an actor.

Your reactions to reports that one of the reason for your fights is that you have to sponsor holidays for Kareena’s family.

The embarrassing part is when families are brought into it. It’s also most annoying. It happens sometimes and I try not to think about it. I’ve gotten used to it. And I think people will get used to it too. You’re actors, you’re professionals and you’re working. You have a personal life and you must keep the two separate. The fact that you’re in the same profession makes that hard and you get talked about more for things that one shouldn’t get talked about. So, that’s a bit annoying. Then when you have to explain that you’re not doing silly things like sponsoring holidays… it gets embarrassing.

There was an item on the Internet which said you were spotted wearing Kareena’s track pants…

The Internet is a wonderful thing but no they were my track pants. Besides, hers won’t fit me.

Kareena has said that her filmography would be incomplete without the Khans — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir. Is she forgetting that you are a Khan too? What have you added to her filmography?

We’ve not had a successful onscreen association. We’ve never had a successful movie. But naturally any actress would want to work with the Khans and I don’t think she forgets that I’m a Khan too. I think she should be the best person to answer that question.

What still surprises you and sometimes catches you unawares?

God, beauty and kindness in all this chaos and a flash of innocence in all this filth.

Hmmm… when did you last see that flash of innocence in all the filth?

(Wickedly) It wasn’t at the customs yesterday. That’s for sure. Actually in children, and particularly mine. And yes, something that surprises me a little is my attitude, which I think has changed for the better. Just when you think you are getting used to something you can start feeling differently about things. You like to feel calm and I’m quite happy where I am. Sometimes you get surprised by the niceness in people.

Are you fed up of being asked questions on marriage or your fights with Kareena?

No, not really. I’m not fed up of anything. Just concerned because whatever I’m doing professionally somehow gets side tracked and we end up talking about my wearing her tracksuit. That makes me sound like an idiot. That worries me.

It seems that Bollywood’s Comedy director David Dhawan’s era is fading in recent times. According to Mumbai Mirror sources, Sajid Khan will direct the sequel of Judwaa instead of David Dhawan.

But this won’t be the end of the surprise, as the buzz is on that even Salman Khan might get replaced by Saif Ali Khan. According to industry insiders, the original hero of the film, Salman might not be able to be a part of the sequel due to his already busy calendar for the coming year.

“Sajid Nadiadwala is like my elder brother. He has asked me to direct the film. I will start on the project once I finish shooting the UTV and Vashu Bhagnani co-production with Ajay Devgn,” Sajid informed Mumbai Mirror.

Salman and Karisma Kapoor starrer original movie Judwaa was a great hit. Now, if the rumours about Saif and Sajid teaming up for the sequel is true, we would definitely be eager to see if it could spill the magic even this time.

Kareena Kapoor rates Saif Ali Khan as the best among all the other Bollywood Khan’s – Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.

In a recent interview with DNA, Kareena said that she shares a wonderful rapport with Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir Khan. Speaking about Aamir, Kareena said that she liked Aamir since his debut in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.

However, Bebo said that she is in awe of him and on guard with him around. With Salman, Kareena is always having fun. Shahrukh Khan, on the other hand is someone Kareena Kapoor has immense respect for.

When it came to talking about Saif Ali Khan, Kareena said laughingly, “Saifu is the best. He’s very, very, very unlike the three of them.” Terming Saif as unique, Kareena Kapoor said that Saif Ali khan is a very knowledgeable man with a mind of his own. Bebo compares her beau to wine, which only becomes better as it goes older.

Actor Kareena Kapoor cancelled all her birthday (September 21) celebrations plans and flew to be by her beau, actor Saif Ali Khan’s side when his father, cricketing legend Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi succumbed to lung infection the next day.

“It was too personal a loss for me to even talk about it,” she says. “Saif is family to me and so is his family. At that point, all I wanted to do was to be with them in their times of crisis.”

It’s been reported that Saif broke down on the sets of his home production, Agent Vinod shortly after resuming work. Kareena refutes it saying, “Saif is a very brave person and knows how to handle himself very well. He is way too strong and private to even let anybody know what he is going through. His emotions and feelings are very sacred to him; he would never let it out in front of anyone. He is too dignified to do that.”

Thereare reports of her marriage to Saif, which was supposedly scheduled to happen in February, being pushed further. “I don’t understand these constant speculations especially when we both have always been open about our relationship,” retorts Bebo. “We have never lied or hidden anything, so if there’s announcement to be made, we’d do the same. Right now, we both are just completely focused on our film together.”

Besides looking ahead to her releases with the other Khans — Shah Rukh and Aamir, she’s also visibly excited about sister Karisma Kapoor’s comback to films. “Till date, it was just me who was busy, but now, Karisma too will be equally busy. I called her up thrice today, and each time her Man Friday picked up the phone and said, ‘Madam baat nahi kar sakti, shot mein hai.’ It was weird but felt great! I am extremely happy for her. At this age, she looks outstanding and has maintained herself really well. She looks better than most actresses today, and can give them a run for their money,” gushes Bebo.