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Meena Iyer

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.

Hiren Kot­wani

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.”

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