By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: For those who have been waiting to see the Shahrukh-Katrina jodi re-unite after Jab Tak Hai Jaan, there is bad news .
Reports in a section of the press that the two are coming together again in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year are according to reliable sources “not true.”
While Katrina has signed two new films, Kabir Khan’s film for producer Sajid Nadiadwala with Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Kapoor’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, she has no room this year for any other film.
Says a friend of Katrina, “She would have loved to do Farah’s film. But we believe Farah initially wanted to sign a completely new girl for Happy New Year . She zeroed in on Katrina recently when Katrina had already said yes to other projects. Katrina and Farah are very fond of another ever since they worked together in Tees Maar Khan. The film’s failure did not affect their mutual fondness. To be in Farah’s next and that too with Shahrukh with whom Katrina really hit off during Jab Tak Hai Jaan, would have been fab. However much Katrina would like to do Happy New Year she cannot as she is committed to finishing Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Dhoom 3 and Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang before going into Abhishek Kapoor’s film with Sushant and Kabir Khan’s film with Saif.”
Interestingly, Farah’s heroine in Happy New Year has to be a fast-talking Marathi girl and also a fabulous dancer since it’s the role of a beer dancer.
“Katrina would have needed a long period of intense speech practice to sound Marathi. But where was the time?” asks a friend of the actress.
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