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28 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Dil Chahta Hai”

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

1. Farhan Akhtar met Preity Zinta when she first came to Mumbai for the screen test for Kya Kehna and told her that whenever he makes a film, he wanted her to be in it.

2. The original gang was supposed to be Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna.

3. That screen test was with Akshaye Khanna, FYI.

4. After Hrithik and Abhishek walked out of the project, Farhan Akhtar waited almost 10 months to get an appointment with Aamir Khan to discuss the film.

5. Akshaye Khanna was originally supposed to play Akash. But when Aamir Khan was brought on, they swapped roles.

6. Saif Ali Khan was almost not going to do the movie because it was made with sync sound, instead of getting actors to dub their lines.

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‘Dil Chahta Hai’ starring Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Khanna Completes 16 Years, Here Are Some Dialogues That Will Give You A Rush Of Nostalgia

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

There are some films which become blockbusters and then there are movies like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ which attain cult status and become a landmark that will be difficult for anyone to reach anytime soon. Today, our beloved movie, which redefined friendship, romance and bromance for this generation, completed 16 years and even today it feels like it was only yesterday that Aakash, Sameer and Siddharth walked into our lives. Like any proud father, actor and director Farhan Akhtar too couldn’t hold back his emotions and took to Twitter to share his happiness and joy.

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Farhan Akhtar trying to resolve with Saif Ali Khan over movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s company, which is producing a Reema Kagti film meant to star actor Saif Ali Khan earlier, has filed a complaint against Saif with the Association of Motion Pictures And Television Program Producers. Reason — they claim he has not returned the signing amount after having backed out. “Saif was given `2crore, which he hasn’t returned. Hence, the complaint,” says a trade insider.

Buzz is that the association is trying to solve the issue amicably.

Farhan’s company Excel Entertainment gave Saif a new lease of life at the box office with 2001 film Dil Chahta Hai. Saif went on to become one of the most desirable heroes for producers after this film.

The producers haven’t finalised the film’s leading lady yet.

Saif, Farhan and Riteish were not available for comment.

Saif Ali Khan did not want to play skirt-chasing child-man in Mr. Chaalu

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

So it’s happened. Saif Ali Khan will no longer star in Talaash director Reema Kagti’s next film, a project he was committed to for some months. Industry insiders had been predicting that producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani may develop cold feet about working with Saif after the failure of Happy Ending, the latest in a string of duds the star has delivered recently. But the official word is that Saif has left the project.

The reasons, apparently, are two-fold. For one, Saif was unwilling to take the pay-cut that his producers had made clear was required of him. At least two studios that Ritesh had been negotiating with about bankrolling the project reportedly balked at the film’s budget, insisting that the producers bring the cost down from Rs 40 crore to Rs 25 crore. Both are also believed to have insisted that Saif slash his Rs 10 crore acting fee in the wake of his recent flops. But the actor has told his friends that it wasn’t just a “money decision”. Saif has said he is no longer confident that he can play another skirt-chasing child-man allergic to romantic commitment. Clearly Saif has been paying some attention to his critics, who ripped through his last film insisting he was too old to play a charming Lothario over and over again.

Saif, who was away on an end-of-the-year European holiday with his missus, is likely contemplating the direction he wants his career to take hereon. This is the second film he’s walked out of in the last few months, the first being his producing partner Dinesh Vijan’s directorial debut, a reincarnation-themed love story co-starring Parineeti Chopra. It’s a good thing he has Ek Tha Tiger director Kabir Khan’s Phantom lined up for release in the first half of 2015, which some say is a masala thriller about an undercover agent tasked with tracing the masterminds behind the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.

Has Saif Ali Khan left Reema Kagti’s project?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan is no longer part of Reema Kagti’s upcoming film opposite the actress, thanks to a dispute over his pay cheque.

After 13 years, Saif Ali Khan was to team up with his Dil Chahta Hai producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar for a film directed by Reema Kagti. Saif was to play the protagonist, a suave womaniser in the film titled Mr Chaloo. as reported that Kangana Ranaut was cast opposite Saif in the dark comedy.

But the reunion has been ruined. The actor and the producers have parted ways due to differences over Saif’s remuneration. A source said that studio heads at Excel were of the opinion that after Saif’s recent flops – Happy Ending, Humshakals and Bullett Raja – the actor should reduce his fee to make the project economically viable. However, Saif was not ready to budge.

After weeks of talks, the two parties failed to resolve their differences and the makers eventually decided to look for an alternative for Saif.

A source close to the development said, “Saif argued that he is getting a certain amount for the Sujoy Ghosh directorial being produced by Ekta Kapoor’s production house. The amount offered by Excel was a much smaller number. He couldn’t accept two drastically different figures from two rival studios. Excel’s offering was way below Saif’s market price.”

Ritesh Sidhwani was optimistic about Saif even a few days ago. On December 10 discussing about the same issue, he had said: “We have full faith in Saif. He is a very good actor and perfect for the part. We start the film with him in January.”

Clearly things have changed since. “Now, the film has been pushed to March and Kangana, who had given January dates to the film, has allotted a fresh slot. The makers are hoping to get Saif’s replacement by then.”

When asked to comment, Saif, who is in Switzerland holidaying with Kareena Kapoor, sent a message that read: “I’m not doing Reema’s film anymore.”

Playing it Safe for Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

After a hat-trick of box-office duds, Saif Ali Khan is open to renegotiating his remuneration, says that right now the quality of films is more important to him than the money.

The last month has been particularly traumatic for Bollywood with as many as five films with an A-list cast, taking a drubbing at the box-office. From Akshay Kumar’s The Shaukeens and Ranveer Singh’s Kill Dill to Emraan Hashmi’s Ungli, none of the projects have managed to live up to the audience’s expectations. Buzz in trade circles is that many actors are taking a hefty pay cut – in some cases, nearly 40 per cent – while producers are slashing budgets by half to make projects financially viable in this uncertain market.

One such actor is Saif Ali Khan, whose last release definitely did not have a happy ending, commercially. Mirror has learnt that after the film’s dismal opening, the makers of his upcoming ventures are exercising caution, given that this completes a hattrick of flops for the actor — starting with Bullett Raja, Humshakals and Happy Ending.

Ekta Kapoor is reworking the logistics of the Sujoy Ghosh directed screen adaptation of the Japanese bestseller, The Devotion of Suspect X, starring Saif. Its budget has been scaled down by almost one-third and the actor’s remuneration is also being substantially reworked.

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Saif Ali Khan to play a compulsive liar in Reema Kagti’s Mr Chaalu

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Filmmaker Reema Kagti began her directorial career with the successful comedy, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. After dabbling in darker areas with the Aamir Khan starrer Talaash, Reema returns to the blithe mischievous space in her next film Mr. Chaalu which she describes as cheerful and sunny, though not always funny.

Reema has cast Saif Ali Khan in Mr. Chaalu.

She reveals that Saif plays a pathological liar, which is why his character can’t stop himself from telling lies. “ Mr.

Chaalu is a love- story between a pathological liar, played by Saif and a woman who has OCD ( obsessive compulsive disorder) about telling the truth,” Reema says.

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