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Sanjay wanted only Sanjay for Kidnap

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Sanjay Gadhvi
Not many are aware that Sanjay Gadhvi was supposed to start Kidnap for Yash Raj, soon after Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai in 2002. "I wanted to make it with Sanjay Dutt and Uday Chopra, but when Sanju expressed his inability to shell out bulk dates (he was busy till 2004), Adi (Aditya Chopra) suggested a stop-gap film with actors who were easily accessible then. No one knew that the stop-gap film (Dhoom) would turn out to be such a rage, a trend-setter," Sanjay Gadhvi smiles.

Dhoom 2 followed, since Dhoom became a brand. And when Gadhvi decided to make Kidnap for Ashtavinayak, he approached Sanju yet again. " Kidnap had to be made with Sanju only. I couldn't imagine anyone else in that role. This time, he agreed instantly," Gadhvi reminisces.

The choice for the parallel lead [to be essayed by Uday Chopra six years ago] was a tough one. "Shibani Bathija [the writer] suggested that I take a look at Aamir Khan's nephew. She had heard that he was keen on movies. The moment Imran entered the office, I knew I had found Kabir [the character in Kidnap]. It took me 3 seconds to arrive at this decision. Till then, I wasn't even aware that he had acted in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na," Gadhvi states.

The craze for Kidnap is multiplying with each passing day. "I am nervous. People would be keen to see is baar kya banaya hain? Every frame of Kidnap would be watched with a magnifying glass. That scares me. I hope it meets the humungous expectations," Gadhvi admits.

The director of Dhoom and Dhoom 2 has decided to take a break once Kidnap releases. "I've been working non-stop for almost 19 years now. I need to take a break, before I move on to my next venture," he says.

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