Hiren Kotwani, TNN | Nov 9, 2013
For those who think that Salman Khan’s golden run at Eid started with ‘Wanted’ (2009) and continued with ‘Dabangg’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ — all of which rewrote box office history — here’s a forgotten fact.
Salman’s tryst with the festival actually began 17 years ago with Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Judwaa’ (1997). And now, the superstar and his friend-turned-director will reclaim Ramzan Eid of 2014 with their much-anticipated ‘Kick’.
The first schedule wrapped up in London and the filmmaker starts shooting with the actor in Mumbai today.
The producer, who’s also making his directorial debut with the film, says they weren’t aware of the coincidence. “After we decided to release the movie (also starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Randeep Hooda) for Eid 2014, during an office discussion about previous festival releases with Salman, someone pointed out that Judwaa came out on February 7, 1997, which was Eid,” recalls Sajid.
Interestingly, every time he has worked with Salman, their films likeJeet, Judwaa, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Mujhse Shaadi Karogihave been successful. “Salman is as focused as he was before, whether it’s during the narration or the shooting. The only difference is that earlier I was just his producer and this time, I’m his director as well,” he says.
Kick, produced by Nadiadwala Grand son Entertainment Pvt Ltd, releases Eid 2014.