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No tiff between Kareena, Katrina: Siddique

Bodyguard director says that Bebo isn't bothered about Kat's presence in the film.

Sujata Chakrabarti |

Updated:August 19, 2011, 3:59 PM IST
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No tiff between Kareena, Katrina: Siddique
Bodyguard director says that Bebo isn't bothered about Kat's presence in the film.

Mumbai: With the Salman Khan-starrer Bodyguard, South film director Siddique makes his foray into Hindi cinema. The director and his films that make coffee table conversation in every South Indian movie buff's living room, Siddique is sighing in relief that the Bollywood version of Bodyguard is now all set to hit the marquee.

In an exclusive interview with IBNLive, the award-winning director confesses that after making Bodyguard in Malayalam, Tamil and now in Hindi, he is a tad bit bored of the subject. And that is the reason he will not be directing the same film in Kannada. "Now, I want to expand my work. Though the Hindi version of Bodyguard has a lot of different elements than its original version, I don't think that I can make a better version than this Salman-starrer."

For a debut director in Bollywood, Siddique admits there couldn't have been a better opportunity than being able to rope in Salman Khan to play the male lead in the movie. Apart from Salman's acting prowess and mass appeal, the director is also confident that the film's tried and tested popularity and techniques will work well for him in Bollywood. He points out, "I am confident of my subject. I have a very good star cast. The film has been made well and the action sequence is great. All in all, Bodyguard is a great Bollywood package."

After Salman's former girlfriend Katrina Kaif gyrated to Sheila ki Jawani in Tees Maar Khan, it was her turn again to shake the booty in an item number in Bodyguard. It is quite interesting to learn from the director that it was actually Salman Khan himself who decided that none other than Katrina should feature in the item number titled Aaya Re Aaya. The director also rubbishes rumours that Bodyguard's leading lady Kareena Kapoor was apparently miffed about Katrina featuring in the film. Siddique clarifies, "It was Salman who decided that Katrina Kaif was to do the item number in Bodyguard. Anyways, it is a small portion in the film." He adds, "I don't think there is any tiff between Kareena and Katrina. It is just a song that Katrina features in. Kareena is the leading lady in Bodyguard and I don't think she is bothered by any other thing."

Even before its release, Siddique is confident that Bodyguard will work wonders at the box office. The director also accepts that currently, Salman Khan is an actor with a Midas touch in Bollywood. All of Salman's recent films - Ready, Dabangg, Chillar Party (which he co-produced) have raked in the moolah. The director says, "I feel so lucky that for a first-time director in Bollywood like me, Salman is my leading man."

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