MUMBAI: Even as Katrina Kaif slips into Sridevi’s shimmering chiffons from Chandni in Yash Chopra’s next directorial venture, she is on to another Sridevi project, this time far more directly than Chandni.
If all goes well, Katrina is all set to slip into Sridevi’s role from K. Raghvendra Rao’s 1983 hit Himmatwala, the film that catapulted Sridevi to superstardom and gave her the dubious distinction of being dubbed ‘Thunder Thighs’ by the film magazines. Interestingly, like Katrina who started on a false note with Kaizad Gustad’s Boom and then found her bearings with David Dhawan’s Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya, Sridevi too was written off in Hindi cinema after Solva Sawan only to be crowned a Bollywood queen with Himmatwala.
Katrina finds the role of the evil Zamindar’s arrogant whip-wielding daughter in Himmatwala interesting. And Sajid is keen to work with her. Says a source, “Katrina shares a warm relationship with Farah and Sajid Khan. Sajid is adamant that Katrina do the role. After she finishes with Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger which is almost complete, she goes into two more Yashraj films, the Shah Rukh starrer and Dhoom 3. Himmatwala is the speedbreaker she is looking for.”
There is an added incentive for doing Himmatwala. Says the source, “Katrina has not been paired with Ajay Devgn so far. She was offered Singham but didn’t find the role exciting enough. She’d love to work with Ajay Devgn.”