After starring in his biggest-ever hit, Kick, Salman Khan is continuing the trend of working with debutant or relatively new directors. While Kick was Sajid Nadiadwala’s first film as director, Salman will be seen in Karan Malhotra’s Shuddhi. Apparently, the actor will also act in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan. In the past, too, he has worked with Prabhudheva in his first Hindi directorial, Wanted (2008).
Salman isn’t alone. Even Aamir Khan is believed to be playing a wrestler in Nitesh Tiwari’s Dungal, while Shah Rukh Khan is starring in Maneesh Sharma’s Fan. “It ultimately boils down to the script. If it’s good, stars will do the film. A director is the captain of the ship, but he isn’t the only one who has a final say in every decision,” explains trade analyst Vinod Mirani.
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Akshay Kumar has been endorsing this trend for a while now. His three upcoming films – Gabbar, Warrior and Airlift – are being helmed by Krish, Karan Malhotra and Raja Krishna Menon respectively. His last film, Entertainment, was the directorial debut of the duo, Farhad-Sajid. Directors like Sajid Khan and Umesh Shukla have also made their debuts with Akshay’s films, Heyy Babyy (2007) and OMG: Oh My God (2012) respectively.
“They are larger-than-life heroes who are admired a lot (by their fans), so you have to do justice to their stardom. Also, such big stars have high expectations, so, as a director, you have to raise your standards,” says Krish, about working with A-list actors.
Speaking about the support he and Salman, in particular, have lent to such directors, Akshay tells us, “We are the kind of guys who love to give people chances, especially since I know what it’s like to start out with nothing. One day when we kick the performing bucket, we can both look back and admire the size of Bollywood, with all the wonderful people we were able to work with and give opportunities to.”