Feroz, Dharmendra in My Punjabi Nikka
This Sohail Khan directed film is a Hindi version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
One of the joys of watching Nia Vardalos' screen adaptation of Wedding was to savour the cultural clash between the respective fathers of lovers. Sohail Khan hopes to do the same in the Hindi version My Punjabi Nikka.
He brings Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor as the culturally opposed Muslim-Punjabi lovers. And for the roles of the fathers, producer-director Sohail has plans to sign Feroz Khan and Dharmendra, who were last seen together as Saira Banu's warring suitors in BR Chopra's Aadmi Aur Insaan more than three decades ago.
"The roles of the two fathers have been written with Ferozji and Dharamji in mind. I can't imagine any other two actors playing the parts. I have sounded them out. And now I am waiting for their green signal. And then we are on," Sohail said.
He is currently doing frantic pre-production work for two large productions.
"I have David Dhawan's film with Salman bhai and Govinda and My Punjabi Nikka. That is why I had to back out of Harman Baweja's film to be directed by Vikram Bhatt. Believe me, I was really keen to do it. Harman is a really nice kid. And it killed me to finally back out.
"But I had warned my good friend Zayed Khan (who's also in the cast) a week before that it would be really hard for me to accommodate Harman's film in my schedule. I had even made it clear that I'd be willing to stay on the project if they couldn't find a substitute. I was really amazed at the speed with which they found a replacement for me. It didn't even take a few hours, I believe!"
Sohail is focusing entirely on his production plans.
"I am not going to feature in the cast of my either production, with David Dhawan or the one that I'm directing (My Punjabi Nikka). I have burnt my hands in trying to act and produce at the same time."
However, Sohail is currently acting with big brother Salman in writer-turned-director Rumi Jaffrey's comedy God Tussi Great Ho.
"I love doing comedy. I enjoyed my cartoonish role in David Dhawan's Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. Rumi is also writing My Punjabi Nikka. My comfort level with him is great."