With a famous movie star for a sister, it’s only inevitable to get some share of the media attention. Especially when that sister is Katrina Kaif. As a result, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding Isabelle Kaif’s impending movie career. Significant newsprint and TV footage has already been spent in wondering when the pretty young sister will be seen on-screen.
One of the first rumours was that Isabelle would do a crossover film opposite Anil Kapoor's son, Harshvardhan. Then, it seems, Katrina was in talks with director Ayan Mukerji to launch Isabelle. This was followed by reports that Katrina would start her own production house and cast her little sister in her first film. However, nothing came of any of this.
Now, Isabelle is finally set to debut, but in a Canadian film where, coincidentally, Katrina’s former alleged-boyfriend Salman Khan is involved. Called Dr Cabbie, it is co-produced by Salman Khan Being Human [SKBH] Productions, in association with two Canadian companies — FirstTake Entertainment and Caramel Film.
The lead actors of Dr Cabbie are Vinay Virmani (he was last seen in Speedy Singhs in 2011) and Adrianne Palicki (she was in GI Joe: Retaliation earlier this year). The film also stars Kunal Nayyar (from the hugely popular hit American TV series, The Big Bang Theory), who will also make his film debut with this project. Isabelle is the second-lead actress, cast opposite Kunal.
Touted to be a $25 million project, the film will be distributed in India by Eros International. Commenting on Isabelle’s casting, the spokesperson of Eros says, “Isabelle went through the audition process like all the other actors. She was cast based on her performance and only because she was a perfect fit for the role.”
Dr Cabbie portrays a young Indian doctor (played by Vinay) who has newly arrived in Canada and has to work as a taxi driver after being rejected by local medical schools. The film is being helmed by a renowned, award-winning Canadian director Jean-François Pouliot, and is presently being shot in Canada.
Don’t call me bhai! (Chetna Dua reports)
A large part of the film industry as well as his fans call Salman Khan ‘Bhai’, but the actor does not seem pleased with the tag. “I have four sisters — two of my own and two rakhi sisters. That is enough. I don’t want more sisters,” says Khan. “If a pretty lady calls me bhai, I get embarrassed. I often tell a friend standing next to me to request her not to call me bhai,” he says with a sheepish grin.