It was a spate of average films for Salman Khan until "Wanted" happened in 2009. The action-comedy was crucial to the superstar's career and also Prabhu Deva, who debuted as a director with it.
The director-actor duo is all set to reunite for their second film, but Prabhu said the collaboration will happen once they have found the right script, something that "packs in a greater punch."
"When you work with Salman Sir, you can't just do it just for the heck of it. Or because you have access to his dates. Wanted was a very important film in my career. It marked my debut as director in Bollywood. It was also an important film for Salman Sir," DNA quoted Prabhu as saying.
Salman has quite a bit on his plate right now, so getting together with Prabhu may not be immediately possible.
He begins Kabir Khan's "Tubelight" in a few days. To be shot across virgin locations in Ladakh, the film is apparently based on the Sino-Indian war of 1962. While Sohail Khan will play brother to Salman, the hunt for a leading lady is on.
"Tubelight" is expected to arrive in theatres on Eid 2017; it is Salman and Kabir's third film after "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan."
The actor also has Rajkumar Santoshi's action-comedy film in line, followed by "No Entry Mein Entry," "Kick 2" and "Dabangg 3." With a packed calendar like that, it is highly unlikely that his project with Prabhu will take off anytime soon.
After "Wanted," Prabhu has directed as many as 5 Bollywood films — "Rowdy Rathore," "Ramaiya Vastavaiya," "R...Rajkumar," "Action Jackson" and "Singh is Bliing" — all of which were average box office performers.