Do Salaam-E-Ishq and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. have the same story?
In Bollywood where actors and actresses are replaced overnight, where music directors do not give their new protégées due recognition, the stealing of a story idea seems highly plausible. Debutant director Reema Kagti who is making Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. confirms that she had narrated the story idea of a love story woven around six couples to director Nikhil Advani.
Reema also claims that Nikhil also had a second round of complete script narration along with her dialogue writer Anurag Kashyap. However, she maintains that she is unaware of his reasons for not doing the film at that time. She is aware of Nikhil’s latest film Salaam-E-Ishq which also revolves around six couples but she is not acquainted with the rest of the story. Reema states that she is glad that things did not work out with Nikhil, as his refusal has given her a break as a director.
Reema Kagti was working as Farhan Akhtar’s assistant for Lakshya when she approached Nikhil with the story idea of six couples. However, later on when nothing materialized with Advani, she approached Ritesh Sidwani and Farhan Akhtar to produce the film. Farhan like the story idea and decided to launch her as a director with Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Nikhil Advani has directed the super hit film Kal Ho Na Ho, but unfortunately later had a fall out with his producer Karan Johar. Nikhil’s Salaam-E-Ishq is produced by Mukesh Talreja and Sunil Malchandani and stars Salman Khan, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Anil Kapoor, Govinda, Sohail Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Perizad Zorabian and Juhi Chawla. Nikhil wants to finish the shoot of the film and release it during Diwali this year. He has commenced on a 35-day shooting schedule in Mumbai. However, Advani’s film keeps getting delayed as it is very difficult for him to get combination dates of his big stars and also due to Salman Khan recently shaving his head.
Unfortunately, Nikhil will still not be able to complete and release his film before Kagti, as she will be shooting Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. in a start to finish schedule in Goa. The cast and crew will start shooting from March 9th to April 25th and post production work will be completed in three months. However, Reema’s film too has had a few rough spots when actors John Abraham, Konkana Sen Sharma and recently, Ayesha Takia opted out of the film citing date issues.
Both directors are trying to finish their films as soon as possible; however, what remains to be seen is who will succeed in delivering a blockbuster. Here’s wishing both directors all the best and may the best man/woman win.