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April 20, 2016

Saif Ali Khan's 'Chef' To Score A Hat-Trick For Vikram Malhotra After Akshay Kumar's 'Baby' And 'Airlift'? (Source: Movie Talkies)

Last year it was Baby, this year it has been Airlift and next year could well be Chef - This pretty much implies the golden run that Vikram Malhotra has been enjoying as the Founder & CEO of his filmmaking house, Abundantia Entertainment. Rich content with good production values and entertainment quotient has been the backbone of Vikram's films so far and if the core foundation of Chef is any indication, he could well be looking at scoring a hat-trick of successes here.
 
"When Vikram founded Abundantia, he wasn't in any hurry to green-light multiple projects. With the kind of background that he comes with, he wanted to invest good time in finding the right combination of idea, script, cast, director and the right pitching, before committing to a film. This was first evident in Baby, which found very good critical as well as commercial acclaim coming its way. While that set the ball rolling, Vikram went ahead with Akshay Kumar for another film, Airlift, which stays on to be the biggest grosser of 2016 so far, despite April almost coming to a close. It has been a dream run for Vikram and his team at Abundantia so far," an insider comments.
 
Meanwhile, buoyed by the manner in which his company has settled down, Vikram has now announced Chef, which is being made in collaboration with Bhushan Kumar (who was associated with his last couple of films as well).
 
"He has a great concept at hand in the form of Hollywood's Chef which was written, directed and enacted by Jon Favreau (whose directorial outing The Jungle Book is currently making waves internationally. He is reuniting with his Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon. Moreover, Saif Ali Khan is just the apt choice for the role of the central protagonist. This is his third straight concept based film and Chef has just the right ingredients in there, no pun intended, to strike good emotional connect," the insider adds.
 
After Baby [2015] and Airlift [2016], is it going to be Chef [2017] making it large next? "Well, fingers crossed is all I can say," smiles Vikram, "We are totally looking forward to the film going on floors later this year."

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