A fter the not-so-encouraging response to his last release Ta Ra Rum Pum, Saif Ali Khan is playing it safe - he isn't signing on projects.
He has said no to Anil Sharma with whom he was negotiating a project for a while. The negotiations between the actor and the Gadar-hit director had been on for nearly six months.
Sharma says, "I don't know who is saying what. I am busy with Apne. I don't want to talk about anything else."
To begin with, Khan was pretty sure that Ta Ra Rum Pum would rock the box-office - because it was a Yashraj banner and because of his faith in director Siddharth Anand (Salaam Namaste).
"After three successful films in a row – Hum Tum, Parineeta and Salaam Namaste, the actor was considered the next big Khan. He was hoping for another hit to retain his position," says a trade insider.
Although Khan was appreciated for his performances in Being Cyrus, Omkara and Eklavya, none of these films could spell magic at the boxoffice.
<b1>On his habit of dilly-dallying, the source says, "He did the same thing with Mira Nair when she approached him to be a part of her film on AIDS awareness. Nair had to finally opt for another actor."
Khan is currently shooting for Abbas Mustan's Race. His next project will be Yashraj's Tashan. In this film directed by the writer of Dhoom, Vijay Krishna Acharya, he teams up with Akshay Kumar. The duo has given hits like Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari.
"Apart from these two films, he has roped in Sriram Raghvan to direct his homeproduction titled Agent Vinod, a spy thriller," says the source. Khan has asked Raghvan to re-work the script, adds the source.
The shooting was expected to begin later this year. Says Raghvan, "I'm still working on the script. It will take me a couple of months to complete it. We still have to title the film. The shooting will begin by 2008."