By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt were not on talking terms for a long time but the two have finally buried the hatchet. The two are planning to team up for an international project.
"Anil Kapoor wanted to meet Sanjay Dutt for a long time. But both of them seemed to be too tied up. Finally on Thursday Anil said he wanted to come over to discuss a very serious matter. Sanjay insisted that he would go over to Anil's home since he hadn't visited him for a long time," a source told IANS.
Sanjay spent a good hour at the Anil's residence.
"Anil seems convinced that after 'Slumdog Millionaire' the West was ready for much more of India. During their conversation he also said Sanjay and he were the only two stars who could come together to give the international market a run for its money," said the source.
The Anil-Sanjay international project could happen by the end of this year. Danny Boyle, who directed Anil to global recognition in "Slumdog Millionaire", could be roped in to direct.
"Danny Boyle's name was mentioned. He could direct the two stars. Together," said the source.
Anil also formally wanted to sign Sanjay for his home production "No Problem", said the source.
"He gave Sanjay a signing amount of Rs.10 million which Sanjay refused to take saying he can never accept money from a dear friend. But Anil insisted. He said, 'I let you get away with working free for me when you did the item song in my production 'Short Cut'. But now you're a full-fledged actor in 'No Problem'. Let's be professional about money matters at least.' Sanjay declined at least five-six times and then relented."
And there ends one of the longest-lasting feuds in filmdom.
Many years ago Anil had apparently made some remarks about Sanjay's family. Sanjay hadn't liked his remark and had sworn never to see Anil's face let alone work with him.
Now Sanjay has done a jig with Anil in "Short Cut", will do a full-length comedy "No Problem" together and also co-star in an international project.