Sal­man and Sa­jid - friends in­deed

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

He is known to have main­tained rock solid re­la­tion­ships with a num­ber of his friends. Sal­man Khan’s spe­cial equa­tion with film­maker Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wala is one such re­la­tion­ship that goes back a long way. Af­ter all, they worked to­gether way back in the 1997 su­per hit, Jud­waa that brought them to­gether for the first time. Af­ter that, the duo worked to­gether on mul­ti­ple projects with the lat­est one be­ing Kick in 2014. Now, we have learnt that Sal­man and Sa­jid’s friend­ship re­cently came to the fore again when pro­ducer Atul Ag­ni­hotri and the su­per­star were look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar ti­tle, Bharat for their next col­lab­o­ra­tion, which is an adap­tion of a 2014 Korean film, Ode To My Fa­ther. “Co­in­ci­den­tally, the ti­tle that Atul and Sal­man wanted was owned by Sa­jid. So, when Sal­man called him up about the ti­tle, Sa­jid hap­pily gave it away. And it goes with­out say­ing that it all hap­pened free of cost. In fact, Sa­jid read­ily gave away the ti­tle as he knows that the script de­mands it,” says an in­sider. Sal­man has al­ways been ex­tremely close to Sa­jid. “Their equa­tion isn’t just pro­fes­sional but it’s equally strong in the per­sonal sphere too. Their fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing Sa­jid’s wife Warda [S Na­di­ad­wala] and their kids are also very close to Sal­man’s fam­ily,” says the in­sider. Pro­fes­sion­ally too, not just Jud­waa, Sal­man and Sa­jid have worked to­gether on films such as Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (2000) and Mu­jhse Shaadi Karogi (2004). Re­cently, Sal­man also made a spe­cial ap­pear­ance in the re­booted ver­sion of Jud­waa. A close friend of the ac­tor­film-maker duo says: “When Sal­man reached out to Sa­jid for the ti­tle, he was more than happy to give it to his friend.”

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Sal­man Khan (left), Atul Ag­ni­hotri (in­set; right) and Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wal (in­set; far right)

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