Saturday, July 16, 2011

Salman Khan Gets Caged For 'Ek Tha Tiger'

Salman Khan has been known to 'call the shots' in films that he features in, but that was before he signed up with Yash Raj Films (YRF).

'Ek Tha Tiger' producers YRF have asked Salman to work exclusively on their project during its production, according to a Mumbai Mirror source.

YRF doesn't want Salman to work in his brother Sohail Khan's Sher Khan while he is working on Ek Tha Tiger, as had been planned earlier.

Surprisingly, Salman has agreed.

In deference to a request from YRF head honcho Aditya Chopra, Salman, 45, has blocked his dates exclusively for Ek Tha Tiger.

Salman's ready accommodation, despite three back-to-back super hits, stems from the close family ties between the Khans and the Chopras. Salman's father, Salim Khan, worked with the YRF in some of their most successful projects like Deewaar and Trishul.

Kabir Khan helmed Ek Tha Tiger is to begin production later this month.

It will be the first time Salman and YRF are working together.

Salman's brother Arbaaz Khan announced the rescheduling in a tweet on July 15.

"Salman is completing BODYGUARD now. Then he starts a yashraj film Ek THA TIGER after that Sohail's film and then mid next year DABANGG 2"

Interestingly Arbaaz did not mention Sajid Nadiadwala production Kick in the timeline given in his tweet. The film is to be helmed by Shirish Kunder. Sonakshi Sinha is the female lead in the film.

Back in June, Sohail had told Mid-Day:

"Aditya Chopra's Ek Tha Tiger will have a small shooting spell in July. After that, there will be a long stretch from September onwards. That's when I start my shooting with Bhai (Salman) for my own film. Adi and I have sat together and worked out the collective schedules of the two films so that there's no clash of dates."

Sohail had further gushed about Aditya Chopra:

"He's a really cool guy. So organized, it's a pleasure working with him. Not for a moment was there a clash of interest between my film and his. Bhai is working with Yashraj for the first time. And both the families (the Khans and Chopras) are equally enthusiastic about it."

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