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Arnold, Beyonce in KAMBAKTH ISHQ



January 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM IST
By Glamsham Editorial
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Bollywood's Mr. Block-buster Sajid Nadiadwala is a man on a mission these days.

He has shrewd business acumen, as gauged from the fact that he has been churning block-blusters consistently. His last block buster being the mega successful HEYY BABYY directed by debutant Sajid Khan.

Like Yashraj Sajid (inspite of being an individual producer) is creating brand equity for himself and has been consistently delivering hits like JEET, JUDWAA, HAR DIL JO PYAAR KAREGA, MUJSE SHAADI KAROGI and HEYY BABYY. Not surprising he is the only independent producer to be listed in the Filmfare POWER LIST year after year.

Power is Sajid's middle name. As a result of which he has managed to achieve the almost impossible. An industry source reveals that Sajid is all set to roll his next magnum opus to be directed by newbie Sabir Khan in Los Angeles in May. Pre Production work is already starting next week in LA for which Sajid's making a hush hush trip to Hollywood.

Apparently the producer has a few surprises up his sleeve. From what we hear from our international source, Nadiadwala is all set to go international with KAMBAKTH ISHQ. Says our source, 'Sajid has managed a casting coup in KAMBAKTH ISHQ. Apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger, no less, has agreed to play an interesting cameo in the film. And that is not all. Pop Sensation Beyonce is all set to do a bootylicious act in the film. The film stars the super hit pair of Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.'

'Akshay plays a Hollywood stuntman in the film. Hence Arnold's inclusion. Our desi action hero will be seen with the international action icon. Beyonce too is reportedly doing a sizzling act in the film. Everything is almost finalized.'

'Only Sajid can make this happen. He is the only producer in the industry with a clout equal to Yashraj ', enlightens our source.

Prashant Shah line producer of KAMBAKTH ISHQ in LA and also a major Hollywood presence says, 'Yes we are in talks. It is the first time ever that a mainstream Indian Producer is making such an international film. So far, we have had Deepa Mehta who is a Canadian, Meera Nair and Gurinder Chadha who have been Indians of International origin making a splash in Hollywood. But with KAMBAKTH ISHQ it will be the first time that an Indian producer will be doing this. It is only Sajid who has made this happen. We are in talks with Beyonce and we have also received a letter from Arnold's office. We are yet to work out the logistics. Things will be confirmed shortly and we will be making a formal announcement when that happens. We are also looking at other Hollywood names to join the cast of KAMBAKTH ISHQ.'

Says Sajid Nadiadwala, 'Yes, we shall be making a formal announcement very soon. I cannot reveal any further details. As our Indian film industry is making its presence felt and going global, I would like my banner Nadiadwala Grandsons to scale the global level in film making too.'

One hears that's not all. After Beyonce and Arnold, a host of other big Hollywood names will also be signed shortly for the film. KAMBAKHTH ISHQ will truly be India's first international film.

Says Sabir Khan, who will be making his directorial debut, 'I have been working on the script for a long time now, and it's an exciting merging of Hollywood and Indian cinema. So, for me, it's like a dream come true, that my producer, Sajid Nadiadwala has left no stone unturned in ensuring that some of the biggest name internationally has shown such keen interest in the film.”

After KAMBAKTH ISHQ, Sajid's production house rolls with an animated version of the Salman Khan hit JUDWAA for which Salman will dub for, shortly. Followed by a film with Siddharth Anand who is wielding the directorial baton for an outside company for the first time after giving hits in Yashraj like SALAAM NAMASTE and TARA RA RUM PUM. Reportedly, the film is supposed to star Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan. Immediately after that, the next project to go on floors will be Sajid Khan's second film again starring Akshay Kumar and rumoredly Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan together. Another project with David Dhawan starring Akshay Kumar. And an action film with Salman Khan called… SANKEE!

Definitely 2008 is Sajid's year!



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