Sal­man and Sa­jid are friends in­deed!

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh

Sal­man Khan’s friend­ship with film­maker Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wala is one rock­solid re­la­tion­ship that goes back a long way. The 1997 hit film Jud­waa had brought them to­gether for the first time. The duo went on to work to­gether on mul­ti­ple projects, with the last be­ing Kick in 2014.

Here’s how a tricky sit­u­a­tion turned out well, all thanks to their bond. Pro­ducer Atul Ag­ni­hotri and Sal­man were look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar ti­tle, Bharat, for their next col­lab­o­ra­tion — an adap­tion of a 2014 Korean film, Ode To My Fa­ther. “Coin­ci­den­tally, the ti­tle was owned by Sa­jid. So, when Sal­man called up Sa­jid, the lat­ter hap­pily gave him the ti­tle free of cost. Sa­jid knows that the script de­mands it,” an in­sider has shared with HT.

Sal­man has al­ways been 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, Sal­man and Sa­jid have also 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, which starred Varun Dhawan.

Sal­man and Sa­jid couldn’t be reached for a com­ment.


Di­rec­tor Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wala

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