For a long time now, the film Partner’s (2007) sequel has been in the news for one thing or another, including getting ‘entirely shelved’, Zarine Khan replacing Katrina Kaif, or for falling prey to the Salman Khan-Govinda hostilities (reportedly over Khan not showing interest in launching the latter’s daughter Narmadda).
However, insiders maintain that despite Salman’s super busy schedule, he is continues to be kicked about the sequel even though there’s no final script at hand. “David (Dhawan; director) had readied multiple scripts for Partner 2 but Salman wasn’t satisfied with them. So he decided to put the sequel on hold instead of rushing into it. David is as excited as Salman about the sequel,” says an industry insider.
The Dabangg (2010) star assures that the sequel is still alive. “We were supposed to start Partner 2 around August-September last year. But we couldn’t start the sequel as the right script didn’t come along. So we kicked off Ek Tha Tiger. For the time being, we have put Partner 2 on hold until we get a proper script for the film,” says Salman.
The actor, who is busy wrapping up brother Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg 2 alongside Sonakshi Sinha right now, is aware of the importance of scripts. “Ideally, one shouldn’t do a film until one finds the right script. If you get the correct story and script, you are sorted,” says the superstar, who’ll take up Shirish Kunder’s Kick after finishing Dabangg 2.
As for Partner 2, rumour mills are abuzz that Zarine is being considered as Katrina’s replacement in part two. It has also been suggested that Partner 2 is supposed to go on the floors next year. Dhawan, on his part, says that there’s nothing of that sort in the pipeline. Currently, the director is busy wrapping up the Siddharth-Ali Zafar starring remake of 1981 classic, Chashme Buddoor.
in rewind mode!
As soon as the Salman Khan-Govinda comedy hit theatres, it was accused of being a copy of Will Smith’s Hitch, which Overbrook produced for Sony in 2005. At that time, they contemplating filing a $30 million suit against Eros and K Sera Sera, the producers of Partner. But the matter was sorted out amicably.