Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are riding high at the box office these days but they offered to keep their fees at the most reasonable for Anjana Anjani, making Sajid Nadiadwala a happy producer.
"Ranbir and Priyanka were already part of our extended family. When Ranbir's father Chintu-ji (Rishi Kapoor) was working in my dad's production Hathyar, I was an assistant. That's when I got to know Chintu-ji and his family," Nadiadwala told IANS.
"Priyanka has been family from the time she did Mujhse Shaadi Karogi for my banner. So yes, they've certainly not hiked their price just because they are super-saleable today. In fact, they didn't even discuss money with me."
This is Ranbir and Priyanka's first film together and Nadiadwala says their chemistry was evident in Bangkok. "Both Ranbir and Priyanka have changed their looks for this film. They hardly knew one another before the shooting. So they're getting to know each other as their on-screen romance progresses.
"Ranbir is entertaining on screen. But he carries that sense of fun from the screen to the sets. Priyanka was in her own shell to begin with. But her resolve didn't take long to dissolve," he said.
Nadiadwala's last release Kambakht Ishq, which starred Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, got a lukewarm response but it hasn't dissuaded him from shooting Anjana Anjani in foreign locales. He heads to the US to shoot the film.
Those who thought Nadiadwala was done with sylvester Stallone, who played a cameo in his Kambakht Ishq, here's the surprise element - he has an appointment with the Hollywood action star who may make an appearance in Anjana Anjani as well.
"We don't work that way in our production house. Our bonds are for keeps," said the producer, whose elder son Subhaan is a big fan of Stallone.
Subhaan kept in touch with his idol long after Kambakht Ishq came and went.
"Subhaan is coming with us only to meet Stallone. To call him Stallone's fan would be an understatement. He isn't a fan, he's a fanatic. His day starts with Stallone's signature song Eye Of The Tiger from Rocky. He knows every trivia associated with Stallone," Nadiadwala said.