It all started with Judwaa. Back in 1997 when the Salman Khan starrer released, it was one of those major entertainers that was designed as a masala potboiler. With Sajid Nadiadwala and David Dhawan coming together, it was just a start of things to come in their association that had just kick-started.
Circa 2016 and Sajid-Dhawan combo celebrates its 20th year of togetherness, what with the director’s two sons stepping into Nadiadwala Grandson with Dishoom.
“First father, now sons – this is stuff that legendary Bollywood tales are made of,” says an insider, “Who says the industry doesn’t work on relationships anymore? Yes, the arrival of corporate houses has made the business quite focused on commerce but then there are still many established production houses which are revelling on the relationships that have been maintained for decades. Sajid and Dhawans are one such large family. First Davidji made Judwaa and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi for Sajid. Now his sons Rohit and Varun are coming together for Dishoom.”
What is common about these films is the fact that each of these has been designed as an unabashed entertainer that caters to the masses in a big way, and pretty unapologetically too.
“That’s because both Sajid and Dhawans have that bent of mind,” the insider adds, “For more than three decades, right till Main Tera Hero, David Dhawan’s name is synonymous to masala entertainment. On the other hand Sajid too has a bent towards hardcore commercial entertainers, though occasionally he does take an offbeat route with the likes of Tamasha and Highway. Now with Dishoom, he has Rohit Dhawan deliver a crackling entertainer with Varun Dhawan and John Abraham.”
It is quite apparent that for Varun and Rohit, comparisons would be drawn with the work that their dad has done over the years.
“Now that’s a good place to be in because practically speaking, Davidji is the only filmmaker from the past who is still active. His last release was a hit (Main Tera Hero) and now he is also gearing up to make Judwaa 2. Icing on the cake is that the sequel would be made for Sajid himself while Varun would be the leading man in a double role,” a source adds, “That’s one triple whammy waiting to happen.”
Meanwhile, all eyes are on Dishoom which is only heating up by the day and is aimed to keep the Gen X excited as it marches towards release in a couple of weeks from now. May the legacy continue!