This hit new pair is set to dish out an edgy thriller

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Kabir’s cred­i­bil­ity comes from his last few movies. There couldn’t have been any­one bet­ter than him to do this film

Sa­jid Na­di­ad­wala, film­maker

Film­maker Sa­jid

Na­di­ad­wala made a suc­cess­ful di­rec­to­rial de­but with an Eid re­lease last year (Kick; the film made a whop­ping ` 234 crore). On the other hand, this year on Eid, di­rec­tor Kabir Khan laughed all the way to the box of­fice with Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan (the film has ap­par­ently crossed the ` 250 crore mark). Now, the two have joined hands for the up­com­ing edgy ac­tion thriller, Phan­tom. It is an adap­ta­tion of au­thor S Hus­sain Zaidi’s, Mum­bai Avengers.

“Kabir’s cred­i­bil­ity doesn’t come only from his latest film, but his last three-four movies. When we came across the book (Mum­bai Avengers), we thought it was very in­ter­est­ing. It could trans­late into a dif­fer­ent kind of cin­ema. And there couldn’t have been any­one bet­ter than Kabir to do it,” says Sa­jid, adding, “I am look­ing for­ward to watch­ing Saif (Ali Khan) and Ka­t­rina (Kaif) in the film. I am sure Saif will shock the au­di­ence with his per­for­mance.”

Kabir, too, is elated about the re­sponse to Phan­tom’s trailer, which was launched on July 25. “It will cap­ture the au­di­ences’ — es­pe­cially the young­sters’ — imag­i­na­tion in a big way,” says Kabir, adding that it has been great to work with Sa­jid, as he un­der­stands the in­dus­try, trade as well as the cre­ative side. “Plus, he gives you full free­dom to do what you want, and com­pletely backs your vi­sion,” Kabir adds.

Are they scep­ti­cal about the po­lit­i­cal un­der­tones of the film’s con­tent? “When Mum­bai Avengers was launched in In­dia, it be­came a best­seller, and there was no prob­lem. So, I don’t fore­see any­thing (go­ing wrong) ei­ther,” says Sa­jid, who “feels great” that Kick has re­cently com­pleted a year.

PHOTO: HTCS / SHAKTI YA­DAV

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