PRIYANKA-RANVEER CLONES? NO!
He has a female fan following across various segments of society. She is the niece of one of India’s best filmmakers. When we meet Sharmin Segal (niece of
Sanjay Leela Bhansali), we know she’s a feisty 24-year-old with a mind of her own. Our focus then shifts to Meezaan, Jaaved Jaaferi’s tall, wheatcomplexioned, drop-dead gorgeous son and we immediately understand how he has managed that enviable Instagram following.
Trolls may have labelled them gareebon ke Priyanka (Chopra) and Ranveer (Singh), but these two, who are making their debut on July 5 in Malaal, have their heads held high because they’re sure they have what it takes to be stars.
Over to the two newcomers: z Are you all set? How do you feel?
MEEZAAN: Excited, nervous, it’s a mix of everything. SHARMIN: Earlier, he was nervous, now he’s channelling the nervous energy (laughs). z So, the two of you always wanted to be actors?
M: Not at all. It was more of Sanjay sir’s belief and trust in me that really put me on the path. I wanted to do something in the film business, that’s why I was studying filmmaking in New York. I met him through Sharmin. He told me that I should act in movies and said that he wanted to launch me. I thought it was a golden opportunity and I shouldn’t let go of it. z With your looks, one would think you always wanted to
be an actor...
M: I never thought that way. There were people who told my parents (Jaaved and Habiba), ‘Arre, aapka beta toh hero hai. Isko hero bana do’ and stuff like that. But, I always wanted do something in music or sports. However, when this opportunity came, I grabbed it with both hands. S: (Cuts in) He didn’t grab it. He went back to college. He was pestered to come back and grab it. z And Sharmin, you were also in Los Angeles with Janhvi Kapoor, right?
S: Yes. Before that, I had worked with Sanjay sir. Janhvi and I hung out with a photographer friend in LA. Even when I was there, I didn’t know I would get into acting. I was never doing photo shoots, I was only preparing myself, physically and mentally, rather than going with an assumption that I would come back and act in movies. z Aren’t both of you fortunate to start with a Sanjay Leela Bhansali production?
M: Yes, yes, yes (smiles). z You must have done some good karma...
S: We’re pinching ourselves ki yeh ho raha hai. While shooting, he would call us in the morning and ask us, ‘Are you feeling good about working today?’ ‘Are you feeling good about working on this song?’ He neither likes to call nor message. But he made an exception for us. I must say we’re very lucky.
Even as his Eid outing, Bharat, is showing in cinemas, Salman Khan is apparently planning a project with his youngest bhai Sohail Khan — jungle adventure Sher Khan. This will be one of the several projects that Dabangg Khan has in the pipeline. The Bollywood superstar has scheduled his next two releases — Prabhudhevadirectorial Dabangg 3 on December 20 and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshaallah on Eid 2020. After that, there is Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick 2 and possibly a movie with Rohit Shetty, apart from Sohail’s pet project.
Sher Khan first made news about seven years ago. However, back then, the Khan brothers weren’t too pleased with the way the script was turning out. So, they put it on the back-burner and Sohail made Jai Ho (2014), instead. It’s likely that they will crack the script in the coming months.
“Even though Sher Khan was put on hold, its writing had not stopped. The brainstorming continued and now, a considerable portion of the script has been completed. The adventure film will also have a good dose of VFX, which is also being incorporated in the screenplay,” says our source, adding that the Khans are hopeful of cracking the screenplay by the time Dabangg 3 releases.
The insider adds, “The Khan clan is pleased with the way the script has turned out
so far. Naturally, if they can lock it by the first quarter of 2020, then Salman would like to work on Sher Khan after Inshaallah wraps up.” As for Kick 2, our source tells us that work on the script is still underway. Sajid Nadiadwala, who directed Salman’s 2014 Eid blockbuster, will helm the sequel too.
Our source sums up, “Sohail is the darling of the family. And Salim Khan saab and Salman absolutely dote on him. Given that Alvira and Atul’s Bharat is out and Arbaaz’s Dabangg 3 is under-production, Salman is looking to line up Sher Khan. Since they have finished a considerable portion of the script and are likely to lock it in the coming months, it won’t be surprising if
Salman decides to do it after completing Inshaallah.”