After the success of Dabangg 2, Salman Khan’s next film is yet to go on floors. The superstars upcoming films include a film directed by Sohail Khan, the sequel to ‘No Entry’ and ‘Kick’ directed by Sajid Nadiadwala.
Recently, there were reports that Sonakshi Sinha was signed to play the female lead. But now, there are murmurs in the industry that the actress has opted out.
Ever since Nadiadwala bought the official rights of the Telugu movie Kick, soon after the success of ‘Wanted’, the remake has been in news for all the wrong reasons. Post Dabangg, Sajid finalized Salman-Sonakshi as the lead pair. After talks with A.R Murugadoss failed to materialize, Shirish Kunder was finalized as the director. But, a day after the ‘Joker’ debacle, Shirish announced on Twitter that he is no longer a part of the project. Later, it was announced that Sajid Nadiadwala would make his directorial debut with the movie. (article continued after the image)
Now, industry insiders say, Sonakshi has also been dropped from the project. Reportedly, Sonakshi has hiked her acting fee after four super-successful films – Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardaar and Dabangg 2.
Although Sonakshi had little do in the success of the above mentioned movies, she was considered to be a lucky charm. This has not gone down too well with the makers of Kick and they are currently looking for alternate options. Deepika Padukone is the front runner for the leading lady opposite Salman but she is occupied with Chennai Express and Ram Leela. If her dates can be worked out, Kick could well see a fresh on-screen pair of Salman and Deepika.
Nadiadwala has also roped in Randeep Hooda, who will play the role of a police officer which was essayed by Telugu actor Shaam in the original. Kick will be filmed in various foreign locations like Korea and London. The shooting will begin in August after Salman is done with Sohail’s Mental.
Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma