The love jinx

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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Saif and Kareena will never be seen on screen together and if they are, it would be a flop.

Initially, Sonakshi Sinha was being considered in the role opposite Saif Ali Khan in ‘Race 2’ and she was displaced by Deepika Padukone, who first walked away citing date issues.

For a while, the Chhote Nawab was toying with the idea of getting girlfriend-turned-wife Kareena Kapoor for the role. He had even convinced the directors Abbas and Mustan Burmawala about this.

The two had directed Bebo earlier in ’36 China Town’ for Subhash Ghai. “Yes, Kareena will be part of ‘Race 2’. We’re yet to flesh out the details,” was their refrain then.

But then Kareena could not be a part of the movie. Bebo and Saif have only given flops together – ‘LOC Kargil’, ‘Tashan’ and ‘Kurbaan’. And then came ‘Agent Vinod’.

And now, surely Saif seems to be in a mood where he does not want to get Kareena cast in any film opposite him. The thinking behind this could be – the ‘janta’  may still love the gossip between the two, but doesn’t seem to want them on screen.

Ask Saif why he did not get Bebo cast in the film and he gives a strange answer. “The filmmakers wanted to make a film that would be a hit. If they had cast us together it would have been definite that the film would have flopped. Bebo and I can never make a film a hit if we are cast together and opposite each other. The problem, I realise, is in our level of comfort with each other. Comfort is the enemy of chemistry,” says the actor.

Kareena and ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor also kept flopping when they were together and only when they split, their film ‘Jab We Met’ was a hit. Otherwise, they only gave flops like ‘Chup Chup Ke’, ‘Fida’, ’36 China Town’ and ‘Milenge Milenge’.

Meanwhile, Saif says that strangers make great on-screen lovers. “Strangers tend to share a sizzling chemistry a lot of times; there should be a certain amount of tension in cinema. If two people look very comfortable on screen together —in this case Bebo and me, the build-up in character simply does not exist,” admits Saif.

Manash Karnad

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