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Kabir: Salman, Kat broke up before Ek Tha Tiger

Kabir Khan

recently opened up about the intriguing journey of bringing ex-lovers

Salman Khan


Katrina Kaif

together for

Yash Raj Films

‘ (YRF)

Tiger franchise

. The director revealed the challenges and emotions behind casting the duo, especially considering their relationship dynamics at the time.
During a conversation with casting director Mukesh Chhabra for Mashable India’s The Bombay Dreams, Kabir recalled the initial discomfort between


and Katrina, who had just ended their relationship, when he and

Aditya Chopra

approached Salman for

Ek Tha Tiger


“We were going back from Salman’s house. This was the day Salman finally said yes that we were doing the film.


had already signed the film. She was Zoya. Katrina is just like a family to me. She is extremely close to Mini (Mathur), kids and me. Vicky is also now an integral part of our family. And then we went to Salman. This was the stage when they had broken up, so it wasn’t like comfortable. I told him I wanted Katrina and he knew my connection with her,” Kabir shared.

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Kabir then expressed his surprise and gratitude when Salman agreed to do the film. “Adi (Aditya Chopra) and I were driving back from Salman’s place Galaxy (apartment) to Yash Raj studios and we were silent because we had just cast Salman Khan for the first time for Tiger (Ek Tha Tiger), Katrina was (already) there. I think for about 5-10 mins we kept silent and then he said, ‘yaar bahot badi casting hai (Friend, this is an incredible casting)’. And the very next day we announced it,” he added.

The success of Ek Tha Tiger paved the way for Salman and Katrina to collaborate further in the Tiger franchise, including

Tiger Zinda Hai

and the upcoming Tiger 3. Their on-screen chemistry and professional camaraderie have been celebrated by audiences, making them one of Bollywood’s most beloved pairs. Additionally, they reunited in Bharat after Priyanka Chopra’s exit from the project, showcasing their rapport on screen.