As the awards season in Bollywood approaches, organisers of various events have already started working to sign on the top stars for stage performances. And the two most sought after names to have emerged are those of Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
“With Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) coming up, Shah Rukh and Katrina are the hottest new on-screen pair. That’s why every organiser — for popular shows including Screen, Apsara, IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) and Stardust — has approached them. They want them to do an act together on stage, which will no doubt get a lot of TV viewership. The deals haven’t been finalised yet, as it all depends on their availability and fee,” says an industry source.
Mohamad Morani of event-management company Cineyug confirms, “They are a very viable pair. We have started talks with several stars, including them. We are planning to get them on board for two award shows — Zee Cine and Screen.”
Shah Rukh, of course, has been one half of several hit jodis. But it’s after a while that he’s cast opposite a star with whom he hasn’t acted before. “His pairings with Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Madhuri Dixit have always been big, but this will be a fresh pairing after a long time. Also, both SRK and Katrina have their own fan following,” says the source.
Last year, during Shah Rukh’s performance at the Screen Awards, many leading ladies, including Vidya Balan and Katrina, came on stage. He kissed Katrina on the cheek, which became a rage, and television channels flashed it non-stop for weeks.
When asked if they were approached, a friend close to Katrina says, “It’s too early to talk, but ever since the trailer of JTHJ has hit screens, there’s no denying that they make a great on-screen pair.”