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No movie with Salman: Farhan-Ritesh

It was reported that Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment, after working with Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan, had initiated talks with Salman for a project under their banner. But the producers say there’s no project in the pipeline with the star.

bollywood Updated: Feb 19, 2012 15:59 IST
Rachana Dubey
Actor-Salman-Khan
Actor-Salman-Khan

A couple of days ago, it was reported that Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment, after working with Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan, had initiated talks with Salman for a project under their banner. It was stated that Farhan was meeting the actor frequently to discuss various subjects.

Bring this up, and Ritesh says, “There is no movie with Salman at the moment. We are in the process of finalising our next set of productions for the year, which includes Zoya’s (director-scriptwriter Zoya Akhtar) next. So to set the record straight, we’re not doing a film with Salman in the lead, although we’d love to.” Farhan confirms he’s met Salman on two occasions and neither of the projects have materialised. Meanwhile, the actor-producer-director admits to have met the superstar socially, due to their old family ties. “I think I was quoted out of context on the Salman film. I was asked what I thought of Salman’s consecutive successes last year, and I said he deserved it all. Next, I was asked why was I at his birthday bash. This I found ridiculous because we’ve known each other forever and I have no reason to not attend his party,” Farhan says.

He adds that he was asked if he could do a Bodyguard (2011) or Ready (2011) kind of a movie to which he said he couldn’t. “It’s not my kind of cinema. But I wonder when I ever said I was meeting him for a movie? Being at someone’s house or party doesn’t mean anything.

It’s all concocted,” states Farhan, adding, “We would love to work with Salman, but that’s if and when we come across a script that suits our sensibilities.”