By Hindustan Times
Over the past few years, Salman Khan has turned several places into veritable battle fields - Cuba and Dublin for Ek Tha Tiger; and closer home, north India's hinterlands for the Dabangg series; and the streets of Mumbai for Wanted (2008). Now, the latest destination is London, thanks to producer
Sajid Nadiadwala's directorial debut, Kick.
Sajid's love for London as a location is well known, with his last two productions - Housefull (2010) and Housefull 2 - shot there. Now, he's all set to shoot Kick, besides the next Housefull installment, there. "I love shooting in London. The fact that I am back to shoot a third and a fourth film here is proof of that," he says.
Other details about the film are yet to be revealed, and all Sajid says in jest is, "I wish they reduce the pound-to-rupee conversion rates!" Money, however, hardly seems to be a concern for the film that's likely to go on the floors next year. It's been learnt that the combined budget for Kick and Housefull 3 is around £35 million, which roughly converted, is around Rs. 300 crores.
What's also interesting is that till last year, South Korea was the rumoured shooting location for Kick. An insider says, "We're not sure about Korea, but Sajid wants a swanky look for the film. That's why he opted for London."
After finalising his location, Nadiadwala is now working on the script - with his team of writers led by Chetan Bhagat - in a manner that will do justice to London. "He wants to make Kick a film that no one would expect from Salman. He also wants state-of-the-art action sequences," adds the insider. That's why he roped in international stunt directors Philippe Guégan and Spiro Razatos, as we reported earlier.