According to highly placed sources, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be seen together in a film directed by Kabir Khan, for Yash Raj Films. Katrina has been signed for two films for the banner. The second one stars Shahrukh Khan, and will be directed by Yash Chopra.
Says a source, "The film with Shahrukh will be a romantic one and will go on floor by the end of this year. The Sall-Kat starrer is an action-thriller-romance."
While the SRK-Kat pair is interesting because they've never been paired together in a film, the Sallu-Kat jodi is exciting, given their personal history, and their hit films together. The estranged lovers were last seen together in Tees Maar Khan, in the Walla Walla song.
Salman has stayed away from the YRF banner after the Chak De! Controversy. The film was first offered to him, but the Chopras refused him the price he demanded because they've always paid actors less than their market price, because they are a "prestigious banner."
But that has changed in the last few years, and they have started paying top dollar to the A-List actors.
The banner's strategy to work with newcomers didn't really pay off (Lafangey Parindey, Badmaash Company, Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year), so they are back to wooing big stars. Aamir Khan being signed for Dhoom 3 is yet another indication of that. He has been paid megabucks. Even Salman is getting his asking price this time.
A source close to Katrina confirms, "She's in talks with Kabir for the project. It's a performance oriented role in the league of New York." A spokesperson from YRF says, "No cast has been locked for either Yashji or Kabir's film. We would request you to wait for our announcement."
Shahrukh's fading Yashraj connection
Yash Raj is Shahrukh Khan's playground. His first film with the banner was 1993's Darr. After that, he signed Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995, an iconic film. In 1997, he was again seen in another YRF film Dil Toh Paagal Hai with Madhuri Dixit and Akshay Kumar. Next, came Mohabbatein in 2000.
After a four-year break he was seen in Yash Chopra's directorial venture Veer Zara. Chak De! followed in 2007. His last film with the banner was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008, that saw Aditya Chopra's return to direction.
However, in the last few years, the production house has also worked with other leading actors like Aamir in Fanaa (2006), Saif Ali Khan in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008) and Akshay Kumar in Tashan (2008). Aamir and Salman will now appear in future projects Dhoom 3 and Kabir Khan's untitled.