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Kareena pairing with Akshay Kumar

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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Kareena Kapoor has signed her first film post Jab We Met. The film titled Kambakht Ishq stars Akshay Kumar and will be directed by Saabir Khan for Sajid Nadiadwala"s banner.

It"s an unusual love story, “This is the first film that I have signed after Jab We Met, so you can understand how much I loved the script. It"s a great role and I"ve wanting to working with Sajid for a long time.

His association with our family has been wonderful. Two of Lolo"s biggest hits Jeet and Judwaa were with Sajid.

I am also looking forward to working with Akshay again after Tashan. This is my fifth film with Akshay and we have always shared a wonderful chemistry on screen," gushes Kareena.

Our first time

Sajid Nadiadwala had been searching for a leading lady for the part for three months before he finally selected Bebo for the role, “I am happy that Kareena and I will be working together for the first time. She suits the role perfectly.

My director Saabir and I, both saw Jab We Met and loved it. It was a difficult role the transition from the first half of being a vivacious extrovert to the second half where she withdraws into herself but Kareena did a great job. Kambakht Ishq is a romantic drama with comedy in it."

No problem there

Talking about his association with Kareena"s family, Sajid says, “Kareena"s dad Randhir has worked with our banner Nadiadwala and Grandsons in many films including Haath Ki Safai and Rampur Ka Lakshman.

I have known Randhir for the last 15 years. I have a 100 per cent record with Lolo as both Jeet and Judwaa had been golden jubilee hits. Kareena always thought I had a problem with her and that"s why we never worked together.

All the films I made were her kind of films and she would always ask her friends if there was something wrong. There was nothing like that. It was just that we missed working together."

Woman-centric world

Kareena is known to be choosy about her scripts. Sajid laughs, “In fact, when I approached her, she said she doesn"t want to hear the script but she just wanted to start shooting.

I don"t make action films but women-centric films where the girl"s role is pivotal to the story. All the boys and girls who have acted in my films have done well. Heyy Babyy! has grossed 100 in India in five weeks."

The shooting of Kambakht Ishq starts from January 2008 and the entire film will be shot in Los Angeles. “We will take nine actors from Hollywood studios in Kambakht Ishq and it will be an international love story on a big scale," Sajid signs off.

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