Set for a hat-trick again?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

They have al­ready teamed up on two hits – Ek Tha Tiger and Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan – in the past. And now, Sal­man Khan and film­maker Kabir Khan have their new Eid big­gie, Tube­light com­ing up.

It’s not just Sal­man-Kabir, but a num­ber of other ac­tordi­rec­tor pairs are set to work to­gether for the third time (more than that in some cases). “I am for­tu­nate that we worked to­gether thrice be­cause not only I did I get the great­est su­per­star of the coun­try but I also man­aged to do three very dif­fer­ent films with him. We were equally pas­sion­ate about the films,” says Kabir.

While Deepika Padukone and Ran­veer Singh are shoot­ing with San­jay Leela Bhansali on their third film to­gether, Pad­ma­vati, af­ter Goliyon Ki Raasleela RamLeela (2013) and Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani (2015), Ran­bir Kapoor will start shoot­ing with Ayan Muk­erji af­ter work­ing to­gether in Wake Up Sid (2009) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Dee­waani (2013). Like­wise, Shrad­dha Kapoor’s third project with Mo­hit Suri, Half Girl­friend hit the­atres last Fri­day. In the past too, they have worked on Aashiqui 2 (2013) and Ek Vil­lain (2014). All the ac­tors say that work­ing re­peat­edly with a di­rec­tor helps in a big way. As Ran­veer puts it, “Bhansali sir is a ge­nius. He pushes you be­yond your own bound­aries. I hope he casts me in all his films.” Deepika con­curs. “You know, when I shot for Pad­ma­vati, I re­mem­ber that sched­ule be­ing peace­ful, de­spite some dif­fi­cult scenes. There was calm in the air. I don’t know if it comes from the fact that I have worked with San­jay sir be­fore and that the relationship has evolved. There was some­thing mag­i­cal,” she says.

Shrad­dha, too, ad­mits that it felt “awe­some” work­ing with Mo­hit again. “When you work with some­one for the third time, there’s a spe­cial bond,” she says.

PHOTO: IANS

PHOTO: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP PHOTO: AFP

(Clock­wise) Sal­man Khan; Ran­bir Kapoor; Ayan Muk­erji (in­set), Kabir Khan, (in­set), San­jay Leela Bhansali (in­set) and Deepika Padukone

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