BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: It’s official. Salman Khan will romance Pooja Hegde in his 2021 Eid release Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has confirmed the news that the Housefull 4 actress will be playing the leading lady opposite Salman.
“Having worked with Pooja in Housefull 4, we felt she was a perfect fit for this film. She has an amazing screen presence and will make for a good pair with Salman. They will bring freshness to the story,” said Sajid, who is also scripting the film.
Salman, Sajid and Eid have always been a great combination and we have seen this trio making blockbusters in the past. Talking about how it is a special subject for the trio, Sajid said, “Judwaa was one of Salman and Bollywood’s first Eid releases. Even my directorial debut, Kick, opened during the festival.”
Since Salman and Pooja are pairing up for the first time and their track is laced with dollops of humour, the makers have planned several workshops for the lead till the first shoot schedule in October to help the duo break the ice. A popular name in south Indian film industry, Pooja made her Bollywood debut in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro in 23016 alongside Hrithik Roshan.
Salman will be presented in a completely new avatar in the film, which will be directed by Farhad Samji. The look is currently being decided upon. His lady love is a traditional small-town girl who is the polar opposite of Salman’s character. Pooja has played small town roles down South in films like Mukunda, and hence the makers found her apt for the role.
There’s a beautiful mature love story between the two characters, and Pooja’s track acts as the catalyst to the plot adding that the film is high on action too but instead of personal vendetta, Salman will fight for a larger cause this time around.
The film is produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Salman Khan Film Production.