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After signing Akshay, Farah-Shirish to team up with Salman. Will SRK ever forgive Farah for courting his arch nemesis?

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)


The breach with Shah Rukh Khan seems complete. Shirish  Kunder is working on a script for Salman Khan, which he intends to direct immediately after he finishes with his John Abraham starrer, Alien Sahib.

As it is, Akshay Kumar is playing the lead in Farah’s next directorial venture Tees Maar Khan instead of Shah Rukh.

Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder

Both Farah and Shrish confirm their association with Salman. When asked if Shirish is working on a project with Salman, Farah cryptically says, “Not yet,” while Shirish says a categorical, “Yes.” The deal was sealed at Salman Khan’s birthday bash at Panvel on December 27 where Farah and her husband were special guests.

So where does this new development leave Farah’s seemingly everlasting friendship with her mentor Shah Rukh Khan?

Shah Rukh, it is well-known is at loggerheads with Salman. Friends of one superstar cannot hope to be seen at parties hosted by the other superstar, not after the two Khans fell out at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash last year.

Both Shah Rukh and Salman have made it clear that the two can never ever be friends.

With Farah signing Akshay Kumar instead of SRK for her third directorial venture and Shirish Kunder set to work with SRK’s arch-enemy, the curtain has truly and finally come down on one of filmdom’s most gehri dostis… the one between Farah and Shah Rukh Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan Salman Khan
Shirish Kunder’s Joker, which was to star Shah Rukh Khan, will now be made with John Abraham in the lead

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 19, 2009)


Recently, Shirish Kunder announced the three films that he and his wife Farah Khan were working on. Tees Mar Khan with Akshay Kumar and Alien Sahib with John Abraham are two .Joker is the third one that the couple will make. The script of the film was written with Shah Rukh Khan in mind.

But since he refused to do the film, Shirish has now offered the role to his new good friend John Abraham, who also stars in Alien Sahib.

A source close to Shirish said, “Joker is very close to Shirish. He spoke to John about it a few days ago. John loved the role and has given his consent to do the film. The film requires immense pre-production work, which is in process now.” The film will have lots of special effects and will be a visual delight.

There will be two leading ladies opposite John in Joker. “One of them will play a positive role, while the other will be a grey character. And both of them fall for John. So, it is a love triangle,” our source added.

Shah Rukh was also to produce the film but things didn’t work out. The film will now be produced by Shirish and Farah’s banner, Three’s Company.

CROSSING BORDERS: John Abraham
Talks are underway with the Hollywood hotties to step the Indian silver screen opposite the hunk

HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 17, 2009)

Bollywood babes better watch out, as apna hunk John Abraham is all set to sizzle alongside a Hollywood hottie on the big screen. It could just be the sexy Scarlett Johansson or the gorgeous Anne Hathaway! That’s the big plan kept under wraps for John’s film that will be directed by Shirish Kunder. The film titled Alien Sahib will be produced jointly by Shirish Kunder and Farah Khan along with John himself, and will be shot on an international level.

A source reveals, “Shirish is already in talks with Hollywood A-list stars like Scarlett and Anne and is flying down to Los Angeles finalise the deal. Shirish and John are doing everything possible to ensure that the movie is as perfect as it was conceptualised.” Shirish, who admits that talks are underway, says that they are also scouting for another Hollywood actor for the villain’s role. “The story has a tremendous intentional appeal. The female protagonist is a foreign national so we decided to cast a Hollywood actress for it. Today, actors abroad are aware of the work we do and are open to working in films here. We have the means and we are doing what’s best for the film,” says the filmmaker. John was noticed by the audience on the international circuit when his movie Water was screened at various film festivals across the globe. And now, with this film the actor seems ready to kickstart his career in the West.


Shirish says, “John is one of the few actors who can carry off a project like this. He has a huge fan base abroad. I see him fitting perfectly in a venture like this.” Not just the cast, but also the crew behind the camera will include a lot of technicians from the West, we hear.

John Abraham will not only star in but also co-produce Shirish Kunder’s directorial venture Alien Sahib. John will go back to his lean physique in the film, which will be simultaneously released in 3D and 2D formats

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Shirish Kunder’s second directorial venture (after Jaan-E-Mann) is fast getting ready to go on the floors. Incidentally, John Abraham will not only star in the film but also co-produce it with Shirish

Another surprise is the title of the film. While Shirish had registered a host of titles Animals, Banjo Party, Bachelor of Love, Joker, Muscle Power, Son of a Gun, Technicolor and Triple Cross, the title of this film is not going to be any of the abovementioned names. John and Shirish have come up with an altogether new title, Alien Sahib. A source says, “It is not John who plays an alien in the film. Like Rakesh Roshan did something in Koi Mil Gaya that resulted in an alien being introduced in the film, here too John does something that brings an alien into the story. But, Alien Sahib will not be a sci-fi film.”

John will start prepping up for Alien Sahib after he completes Nishikant Kamat’s action film. Viewers will get to see John’s new lean physique in Alien Sahib. In fact, he will be as lean as he was in his debut film Jism. “John has a bulky body in Nishikant’s film but he will have to shed several pounds before he faces the camera for Alien Sahib. He will have to lose at least 8 kgs,” adds the source.

Although Alien Sahib will be a 3D film, it will simultaneously release as a 2D film in theatres.

Commenting on the film, John says, “Alien Sahib is a simple, endearing story with beautiful emotions. I am really excited about it because it has a beautiful story. Human stories always strike a chord.”

When asked what made John and him think of co-producing the film, Shirish says, “John and I have been in talks for more than a year to do this film but John had other commitments. He and I are quite similar in nature. We realised that we were on the same page so it would be better if both of us are involved in the making of the film.”

Giving more details about Alien Sahib, Shirish says, “We will be getting foreign technicians for this film. Lately, John and I have been talking to quite a few them. Moreover, we will be using a fusion digital 3D camera, a technique which has been used in James Cameron’s Avatar.”

The filmmaker and actor signed the contract on December 9, which was Shirish and Farah’s fifth wedding anniversary. The lead actress for Alien Sahib is yet to be finalised.