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Did Saif Ali Khan sign two more films with Balaji Films?

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

Did the Queen of Soaps signs the out-of-form Saif for a 3-film deal?

This good actor needs just one hit to put his career back on track. Ekta Kapoor’s adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X might just be the game changer.

What is heart warming to note is that Balaji’s head honcho has recognised Saif’s talent and signed him for two more films.

Sujoy Ghosh who wields the megaphone for the adaptation has cast Kangana Ranaut opposite Saif.

The actor said last year that he will make some wise decisions this year and make up for all the bad ones.Aarakshan, Bullet Raja, Agent Vinod, Go Goa Gone, Humshakals, Happy Ending…. the list is long. Seems, Saif is keeping his word.

Sujoy Ghosh confirms Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in Devotion of Suspect X

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on March 3, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

After opting out of filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh’s much-hyped project, Durga Rani Singh, last year, actor Kangana Ranaut is now back to feature in another film helmed by Ghosh, where she will be seen alongside actor Saif Ali Khan. The film is an adaptation of Japanese best-selling novel, The Devotion of Suspect X, written by Keigo Higashino.

Recently, Ekta Kapoor’s production house acquired the rights for the crime mystery, and Kangana is expected to start shooting for the project, this year.

“Devotion of Suspect X is one of the best books and scripts that I have read. I look forward to this new journey with Sujoy and Balaji,” says the 27-year-old.

Confirming the news, Sujoy adds, “Now that we have Saif and Kangana, our acting department is in safe and competent hands. They will fly the film. I can now happily concentrate on the thriller part of the film.”

Saif Ali Khan wants to be extra careful about signing new films

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

After three consecutive duds, Saif Ali Khan is apparently being extra careful about signing films.

For most of 2012 and 2013, Saif Ali Khan was on a roll as he delivered several hit films such as Cocktail (2012) and Race (2013). However, the lull began towards the end of 2013, when Bullett Raja (2013) failed to do well. His next two films – Humshakals (2014) and Happy Ending (2014) also did not have a great run at the box office. Around then, Saif face a lot of flak for his choice of films. Now, however, the actor seems to have learnt his lesson.

An insider tells us that Saif is being extra careful about the films he signs next. “He wants to be extra sure of the script and his character before he decides to do any film,” adds the source.

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Jaqueline Fernandez pairing up with Saif Ali Khan again?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

For the Hindi adaptation of the book The Devotion of Suspect X, Sujoy Ghosh has finally put the cast together. After spending a lot of time with Saif Ali Khan discussing the script at length, the two joined forces for this film.

However, the leading lady was not getting finalised for the longest time. Sujoy was in talks with both Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the role. However, Deepika cited date issues whereas the former Miss World turned it down.

But their loss seems to be Jaqueline Fernandez’s gain. A source tells us that she has now been finalised as the leading lady opposite Saif. The film will be a romantic thriller. The book has already been adapted into Japanese and Korean films respectively. A project in Hollywood is being planned.

Jacqueline and Saif have earlier worked together in Race 2. As for Sujoy, he will be working with Jackie again after Aladin in 2009, in which he had given her a break. Sujoy met her recently and talks have reached the advanced stages. Now we can confirm that Jacqueline has given her nod to the project.

Adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X starring Saif Ali Khan is on track

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

With Happy Ending completing a hattrick of flops for Saif Ali Khan, buzz was that Ekta Kapoor’s adaptation of Japanese bestseller, The Devotion of Suspect X, may not see the light of the day. But, it has learnt that although the budget is being reworked, the project is on track. Confirming this , Tanveer Bookwala, Chief Creative Officer of Balaji, said: “It’ll roll in April.”

Is the studio thinking of replacing Saif? “No, he is very much a part of the project,” he asserted. Countering rumours that director Sujoy Ghosh has been asked to rework the script, Bookwala said: “Sujoy and Pratim D Gupta have written a spectacular script, with Sujoy’s Kahaani co-writer Suresh Nair as the supervisor.” Bookwala is tight-lipped on the identity of the heroine but according to a source close to the development, Jacqueline Fernandez, who has worked with Sujoy in Aladin earlier, is on the verge of being finalised.

The source said: “She’s figuring out her dates while other modalities are being worked out.” This is no dancingaround- the-confers kind of a role. She will play a mother of an eight-year-old who is also the prime suspect in her husband’s murder. Saif will essays the role of her neighbour who is a mathematics professor. Another character, a cop who is also a maths enthusiast – is yet to be cast.

The film will be mostly shot in Kalimpong. Sujoy had done a recee of the hill-station for another project, Durga Rani Singh. After Kangna Ranaut dropped out, that project has been put on the back burner. “The locations he chose then will be seen in this film. Devotion is just the working title. Eventually, they will come up with an apt Hindi one,” the source said.

Saif Ali Khan Vs Ajay Devgn for the same role?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

While Saif Ali Khan is the ‘official’ Suspect X, Ajay Devgn has been zeroed down for a similar role in another film.

It was reported that two studios are making films inspired by the same source material. While Ekta Kapoor has bought the official rights of the Japanese novel The Devotion of Suspect X, which Sujoy Ghosh will direct, a rival studio has purchased the remake rights of the Malayalam hit, Drishyam, which is “loosely inspired” by the same novel.

While it’s known that Saif will lead the cast of Sujoy’s film, the makers of Drishyam’s Hindi remake have sealed a deal with Ajay Devgn. In the Malayalam original, the role was played by Mohanlal. The Tamil version is currently being shot with Kamal Haasan.

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Saif Ali Khan in Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of a Japanese thriller

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 15, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Keigo Higashino’s ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ is ranked amongst the top 10 detective novels of Japan and is currently being made into a film in various languages across the world, including in Hollywood. We were the first to tell you that Ekta Kapoor had acquired the rights for the same in India and that the director of the outstanding thriller ‘Kahaani’, Sujoy Ghosh, will be directing the film.

The book is an atmospheric thriller about a desperate woman craving a peaceful life, but who ends up killing her abusive ex-husband. The next-door neighbour helps hide the body and improvises a cover-up. When the body is eventually found, a determined investigator senses that something is amiss, thereby giving rise to a thrilling cat-and-mouse game. We have now exclusively learnt that the extremely cutting-edge actor Saif Ali Khan has been signed on for the main lead and that he will be seen in a completely new avatar in the film.

The book involves three protagonists — two boys and a girl. We will wait to see who Sujoy will choose for the other two roles. The tough part would obviously be for him to choose actors who can match up to Saif’s calibre as an actor.

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