Salman has never interfered: Santoshi


Director Raj Kumar Santoshi is baffled by reports that Salman Khan insisted on getting Shahid Kapoor out of a love story starring the latter and Katrina Kaif.

"I really don't know when and where these stories come from. I'm currently in the pre-production stage of my 'Ashoka' film with Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu. But the Katrina-Shahid film is not shelved. We're on the lookout for another script," Santoshi said.

Speaking about Salman, he said: "I've been fond of Salman from the time we worked together in 'Andaz Apna Apna'. I'd love to work with him again any time. He's a very cooperative, kind and generous actor. He has never interfered in my casting and he never will tell me whom to work with or not work with. Yes, I'm open to suggestions on casting."

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Comedy with Govinda still being planned: Mundhra

Jagmohan Mundhra has said that a comedy with Govinda is still in the planning stages and nothing has been finalised.

"As you are well aware in my case, before things get finalised, a news leak about possible association on a project can backfire. Yes, I have a desire to work with Govinda and he has a desire to work with me," said Mundhra.

Mundhra said he has had his fill of grim themes.

"After the completion of 'Shoot On Sight', which premieres on Dec 15 at the Dubai Film Festival, I do want to venture into a comedy in Hindi to expand my repertoire," he said.

"My last three films, 'Bawandar', 'Provoked', and 'Shoot On Sight', have dealt with serious social issues. So it will be a nice change to do the unexpected. Beyond this, I cannot confirm anything at present as they are still at a discussion stage," he added.

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Ayesha got two roles in one film

Signed for one role, Ayesha Takia finally got two roles in Anurag Kashyap's film "No Smoking".

The actress said: "Anurag Kashyap has been a good friend for five years. We always wanted to work together. Initially, 'No Smoking' didn't have much for me to do. It was a small role of John's wife. But finally Anurag Kashyap gave me two roles in 'No Smoking' - of John's wife and his secretary.

"Another actress was to play the secretary. He turned two characters into a double role for me. Not just that, he added scenes as the film progressed. I guess someone somewhere likes me."


Indo-Asian News Service