One struggles to remember that in the current generation, when was the last time when a top line director managed to work with four top actresses in his first four films? Though one may continue to ponder over the thought, the fact remains that young Siddharth Anand could well be the lone man standing for that record.
He started off with Preity Zinta when she was at the top of the game in Salaam Namaste followed it up with Rani Mukherjee in Ta Ra Rum Pum, soon moved to a rising star Deepika Padukone in Bachna Ae Haseeno and made a further progress with Priyanka Chopra in soon to be released Anjaana Anjaani. He must be considering himself one lucky director, isn’t it?
“Of course I do feel lucky”, gleams lucky when told about this record, “Though when it comes to men, I have worked with Saif in my first two films and followed it up with Ranbir for my next two, I have worked with different leading ladies every time. Somehow I feel I have been spoilt with so much of luxury being made available to me.”
Siddharth truly believes that he has been fortunate to get a nod from each of the young women whenever he approached them for a part.
“In my head, I have always been sure that who is the one suited most for the part. However, all credit to my girls for making their choice. After all they were more experienced that me and knew better if they suited the role or not. Also, they were the ones who had to think more on whether they would be pull off a role or not, as they are the ones who knew their strengths and limitations.”
Still, it appears that the adage of ‘first choice nodding in agreement’ proved true for Siddharth as he didn’t have to face any challenges w.r.t. leading ladies agreeing to being a part of his projects.
“I worked with all of them when they were doing wonderful in their career and could have opted to work with whomsoever they would have wanted”, Siddharth says fondly, “Preity came into Salaam Namaste when she had just done Veer Zaara. Still, I had the belief that she would be able to pull off a role that was totally different from what she had done in the past. Then Rani came into Ta Ra Rum Pum in an all new chic avtar when she had played far more rooted roles in Bunty Aur Babli, Veer Zaara and Black.”
He continues, “Deepika had done Om Shanti Om and many filmmakers approached her with roles. Still, she worked in Bachna Ae Haseeno because she believed in it. As for Priyanka, she had Fashion and Dostana behind her. The world was at her feet. However, it was Anjaana Anjaani to which she gave a nod.”
When told about the lucky streak that Siddharth has been enjoying, producer Sajid Nadiadwala says with a laugh, “Well, that should only work for me and Anjaana Anjaani further. I have worked with Deepika (Housefull), Rani (Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega) and Preity (Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Jaan-E-Mann) in the past. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi with Priyanka had been a hit at the box office too. Now that she has stepped into Anjaana Anjaani, it should lead to double the celebrations with Siddharth’s lucky streak added as well.”
Well, some men have all the luck!