Actors Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor come together on the big screen for the first time in Karan Johar’s Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. And though the Shakun Batra film is yet to release, Karan is already in talks with Imran and Kareena to cast them in another film. “A lot of filmmakers have approached them for new ventures together,” says an insider from the film unit.
Offers may be pouring in, but Karan has made it clear that the duo will first be roped in for another Dharma Production before anything else. Insiders insist that the producer has a few youthful romantic subjects that he wants to discuss with the pair, before they consider other offers. If things go as planned, the new film might go on the floors by the end of this year.
When contacted, Imran confirms the latest development. “Yes, Karan, Kareena and I are chatting about a (new) film. We have fantastic chemistry in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and that’s probably why several people have appreciated us. It has also resulted in a lot of interest in us as an on-screen pair. But it’s too early to talk about it (the new film).”
The pairing has stirred up some debate over who will be the next popular on-screen couple, in the tradition of Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol, or Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh. And here, Imran has an advantage over industry rival Ranbir Kapoor, who is Kareena’s cousin and can’t be paired opposite her as a romantic lead. Ask the young Khan about the so-called advantage and he laughs, “Yes, I do have an ‘edge’ over Ranbir in a way. It’s quite obvious that he can’t be paired opposite his cousin.”
Ranbir and Imran’s career graphs have been compared to one another right from their debut films — Saawariya (2007) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) respectively. Reports also claim that the actors’ friendship has been strained over the last few years.