Producer Sajid Nadiadwala will be making his directorial debut with the Salman Khan-starrer Kick, which has already received the praise of Bollywood bigwits such as Amitabh Bachchan. A compliment from Big B regarding the trailer of Kick, has turned out to be the “biggest reward” for Nadiadwala.
Earlier this month, senior Bachchan tweeted, “Did you see the trailer of Kick... baaadooom! Compares with anything that the other ‘wood’ brings out from their high-end films!” It left Nadiadwala ecstatic.
“What more can I want? It’s like getting the best award possible even before my film is released. To have someone of Amit ji’s stature say something like this is a dream come true. I feel I’ve already gotten my biggest reward,” he said.
“This year has been extraordinary for my production house. We released three films, Highway, 2 States and Heropanti. By God’s grace, they succeeded. Hopefully, Kick, for which I’ve turned director for the first time, will be a big success,” added Nadiadwala.
Kick stars actor Jacqueline Fernandez opposite Khan. One of its songs, Jumme Ki Raat has mustered up a positive buzz. But Nadiadwala has no time to enjoy the success of the song and the trailer. He is racing against time as Kick releases in a month, and he still has about a week’s shooting to complete.
“I have no time to sit back and enjoy any of the good things that are happening to my film. We are shooting and running to the monitor. My assistant directors and my team tell me that the response to the first look and the first song of Kick has been unprecedented,” he commented.
Nadiadwala shared that he wishes he had more time to enjoy what he is doing. “But we have set an Eid deadline for our film’s release and we will fulfil that.” Expectations from Salman and Kick are high, especially since Salman’s last release Jai Ho underperformed at the box office. Also, Kick releases ahead of the two other superstar Khans’ new projects – Shahrukh Khan’s Happy New Year and Aamir Khan’s PK.
But Nadiadwala is unfazed. “I am looking neither backward nor ahead. I am not thinking of what Salman has done earlier and what the competition for my film is. I am only focusing on getting it right with Kick,” he shared.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2014.
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