Even though Akshay Kumar made his debut opposite Shanti Priya in Saugandh (1991), the first film he ever signed on paper was with Karisma Kapoor.
However, the film titled Deedar (1992) released after his debut. Karisma and Akshay then went on to star in almost a dozen films, including Suhaag (1994), Jaanwar (1999) and Mere Jeevan Saathi (2006).
Although they haven’t worked together for seven years now, their camaraderie clearly remains intact. And that was evident on January 8, when Karisma visited Akshay on the sets of Gabbar.
“It was a surprise for Akshay when Karisma met up with him on the first day of the shoot. They have always been close friends. Another common thread happens to be Shabina (Khan; designer), who is close to both Kareena (Kapoor Khan) as well as Karisma,” says an insider. Shabina is co-producing Gabbar, along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
It’s interesting to note that Karisma had visited Akshay on the first day of Rowdy Rathore’s (2012) shoot as well. And that film is one of Akshay’s biggest hits till date.
“Well, it’s a co-incidence. Nobody would mind if Gabbar too goes on to become a big hit like Rowdy Rathore due to Karisma’s presence or anything else, especially since she is very close to Akshay and Shabina,” adds the insider. Kareena will feature in a special song in Gabbar along with Akshay.
While Akshay couldn’t be reached for comment, he tweeted, “What a beautiful #BlastFromMyPast! My 1st Heroine came to wish me luck for my new film! #KarismaKapoor… (sic).”