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Kabir Khan Shares Insights on Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Breakup Before Ek Tha Tiger: ‘It Wasn’t Comfortable’

The Tiger franchise is renowned for the captivating chemistry between Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Their portrayal of Tiger and Zoya has been integral to the success of the series, with Ek Tha Tiger proving to be a massive hit followed by successful sequels. However, what many may not know is that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif had recently ended their relationship before signing on for Ek Tha Tiger. Directed by Kabir Khan and produced by YRF, the film brought the ex-couple together on-screen despite their personal differences.

Kabir Khan shared insights into how Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were cast as Tiger and Zoya. Speaking in an interview with Mashable India, Kabir Khan revealed that he approached Katrina Kaif first to play the role of Zoya. Describing her as family due to her close relationship with his wife, Mini Mathur, and even with actor Vicky Kaushal, Kabir Khan highlighted the bond they shared. He recounted the pivotal moment when Salman Khan agreed to be a part of Ek Tha Tiger, despite the awkwardness stemming from their breakup. Kabir Khan explained how he conveyed his desire to cast Katrina to Salman, knowing their connection, and the subsequent tense silence during the drive back from Salman’s residence. However, the tension dissolved as they realized they had secured a significant casting coup, leading to the swift announcement of the movie the following day.

Ek Tha Tiger’s success propelled it to become one of Bollywood’s most prominent franchises, with subsequent installments, Tiger Zinda Hai and Tiger 3, also achieving remarkable box office success, owing much to the enduring chemistry between Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.

For those unaware, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan were in a relationship for nearly four years before reportedly parting ways in 2009. Katrina Kaif later found companionship with Ranbir Kapoor, followed by her current relationship with Vicky Kaushal, culminating in their marriage. Despite their romantic history, Katrina Kaif maintains a close friendship with Salman Khan, often seen attending family gatherings hosted by the Khan family.

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