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Sajid's international pursuit

By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, May 19, 2006
Sajid Nadiadwala has completed 50 years of his banner Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment (1955) this year and is planning to make three films in a year.

Janeman, starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta and being directed by Shirish Kunder is already underway.

Hey Baby being directed by Sajid Khan, starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan and Riteish Deshmukh is ready to get-set-and-go and the last - an untitled one - will be directed by debutant director, Saabir Khan and apart from having one of Sajid's favourites - Salman or Akshay, it will have a whole host of Hollwood stars.

Vidya's new look

While Janeman is almost complete with 15 days of shooting left, Hey Baby; Sajid reveals, will begin in August. Is it based in Three Men and a Baby? "The film is about three men and a baby but my film is a proper love story. There is a small, one-and-a half-year old baby who plays a very important role in Hey Baby." But that's not all, adds Sajid.

"Vidya Balan will be having a hot, glamourous look in my film for the first time. There won't be any skin show but she will be going in for an image make-over. No more salwar-kameezes, etc. Sajid (Khan) is after her now to get her a trainer. There's so much glamour in Vidya's face and she has appealing eyes. We are getting her the best designer."

Saabir Khan's film, reveals Nadiadwala, "Is an international one with Hollywood actors. It's a love story based in Madison Avenue, which is the Mecca of advertising, and the corporate world.

We will start shooting for the film in January next year and it will be shot totally in San Francisco and New York."

'Life ruled by SKs'

Says Nadiadwala with a grin, "My life is being ruled by SKs -Salman Khan and now all my three films are being directed by SKs. 100 crore is riding on the SKs. But I aim to do three films every year.

I have to make the company founded by my grandfather, Abdul Karim Nadiadwala and my dad, Abdul Suleiman, grow and expand.

Times have changed and with the increase in multiplexes the demand for films is growing. This year, we are also going into film distribution in a big way."

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