What is it about Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment that puts off Saif Ali Khan and his begum Kareena Kapoor Khan?
Saif has not done a film with Excel since Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. In 2008, Farhan offered Saif a film called Voice From The Sky. However, they disagreed in the remuneration and the film never got made.
Now, after 7 years, Excel offered Saif Ali Khan another film, Reema Kagti’s Mr. Chaloo. Saif seemed very excited, as he often seems about many assignments. Then, he lost interest because they didn’t agree on price. This loss of interest, says a producer who has been a victim, is also typical of Saif.
One hopes for the talented Reema Kagti’s sake that a replacement hero is found very soon.
Kareena Kapoor, too had a fair share of almost-done-it projects with Farhan and Ritesh. Except for a cameo in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance, Kareena has never worked with Excel. She was supposed to do Dhruv opposite Farhan Akhtar directed by Sudhir Mishra. That didn’t work out because at that point in her career Kareena didn’t want to do a film where the hero played the title role.
Just last year, Farhan and Ritesh signed Kareena for the lead opposite Farhan in Dev Benegal’s Bombay Samurai. But the project got shelved.