Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 18, 2012)
February 18, 1987. On his 21st birthday, Sajid Nadiadwala had launched his production banner Nadiadwala Grandson. On completing 25 years in the Hindi cinema industry, the filmmaker, who has made 14 films till date, has decided to launch six more ventures in the recent future.
His upcoming projects include Salman Khan starrer Kick, a Sabbir Khan directorial with Shahid Kapoor, Imtiaz Ali’s next with Hrithik Roshan, Judwaa 2 with Saif Ali Khan, the rendition of Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States with Ranbir Kapoor and the soon to release Housefull 2.
Looking back the filmmaker said, “I used to work as an assistant to my uncle. I worked on various films like Gulaami, Hathyar and Main Azaad Hoon. In 1987, I became the member of IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association). My biggest achievement at the time was that I signed Govinda. After that, I signed Dharmendra and launched my first film Julm Ki Hukumat, which was directed by the late Bharat Rangacharya.”
“Akshay (Kumar) was my school friend. We used to go to Don Bosco. So, I made a film with him and Suniel Shetty titled Waqt Hamaara Hai. It was a hit. After that there was no looking back,” added Sajid.
Sajid, unlike other filmmakers have never dabbled with direction. “Fifteen years back, I planned to direct a film. However, I didn’t. Then I got busy in making films. I am happy being a producer now,” said Sajid.