18th February 1966 Sajjid Nadiadwala Was Born

Sajid Nadiadwala

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Sajid Nadiadwala

Sajid Nadiadwala

Born 18 February 1966 (age 48)
Occupation Film Producer

Film Director

Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Divya Bharti (m.1992–1993; her death)
Warda Khan (m. 2004–present)
Children 2

Sajid Nadiadwala (born 18 February 1966)[1] is an Indian Film Producerand Film Director.[2]


Nadiadwala started his career as a production assistant in his uncle’s production house before establishing his own production company called “Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd”. In 1992 he produced his first film Zulm Ki Hukumat starring Dharmendra and Govinda. In 1993 he produced Waqt Hamara Hai which marked the first pairing of action starsAkshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. The production company produced several hit films including Jeet (1996), Judwaa (1997), Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega(2000) and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004).

Despite being heavily hyped, his 2006 film Jaan-E-Mann failed to do well at the box office.[3] His next release, the 2007 film Heyy Babyy, was one of the year’s biggest hit.[4] His 2009 production Kambakkht Ishq included the casting of American actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh. His first film of 2010,Housefull starred Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani. On 30 September 2010, he announced a sequel to Housefull which would again star Akshay Kumar and be directed by Sajid Khan. His filmAnjaana Anjaani starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra released on 1 October 2010. His film Housefull 2 was released on 5 April 2012. On 23 May 2014, his first movie starring two debuntants in lead roles Heropanti released.[5] The movie stars Tiger Shroff & Kriti Sanon & has been a commercial success, with the second highest opening for a movie starring debutants ever.[6]

Nadiadwala made his directorial debut with the July 2014 release Kick, a remake Ravi Teja‘s 2009 Telugu film Kick. The film stars Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez as the leads.[7] The film which crossed the 200 crore mark at the box office becoming his biggest hit for a debutant director.

Personal life[edit]

Nadiadwala married late actress Divya Bharti on 10 May 1992.After being falsely linked to a variety of Bollywood and Telugu actors and other personalities within the film industry, Bharti decided to get married to film producer Sajid Nadiadwala on 10 May 1992, after she had just turned 18.They had met at Film City, when Sajid dropped by the sets to Meet his friend Govinda. Divya was shooting with Govinda on the sets of Shola Aur Shabnam. It was Govinda who introduced Sajid to Divya. Soon, it became a routine for the unit to see Sajid on sets every day.It was love at first sight.they were deeply in love.The marriage was kept a secret for a couple of weeks in order to avoid lessening potential film offers for Bharti as well as soothing intra-familial conflicts regarding the different religions and familiar backgrounds Bharti and Nadiadwala belonged to. Bharti changed her name to Sanah Nadiadwala, while still working under the name Divya Bharti.[8]

As Sajid quotes in Movie June, 1993 issue “Somewhere around January 15, 1992 Divya told me that she wanted to get married. The very next day she was tense because her name was being linked with all heroes. She wanted to marry and put an end to all these controversies. People expect me to have a relationship with everyone, she would complain.

Then on May 10, 1992, Divya got married to Sajid in the presence of her hairdresser Sandhya, the hairdresser’s husband and a kazi at Tulsi apartments, Sajid’s Versova residence. Divyas mother had said “The moulvi had been brought over to Sajids home and they performed the nikah ceremony (islamic marriage system) and signed the register”. Divya’s mother had been asked to attend as a witness by Divya but had refused to go as Divya’s father didn’t know about the marriage.Divya converted to Islam and took on a new name Sanah. As Sajid quotes “We kept the marriage a secret because her career was at stake. Her producers would have panicked. In retrospect, i wish we had told the truth. Divya wanted to announce that we were married but i kept telling her to wait for a while. I wish i hadn’t. Every time she saw the rushes of her films, she would sigh, This will flop and people will ask me to quit”. But that never happened, her films were hits. By the end of 1993, she would have completed all her assignments.Nadidwala was in deep shock at bharti’s sudden tragic demise.[9]

In an interview Producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s wife Warda said for a woman, living in the shadow of her husband’s late wife isn’t easy but she is doing it with grace. Warda Nadiadwala, wife of producer Sajid Nadiadwala carefully maintains his precious memories of his late wife Divya Bharati – outdated shampoo bottles and mousse, letters written in blood, and some other personal belongings. Warda is not envious of anything, not even the fact that even today, Sajid carries a photograph of Divya Bharati in his wallet. “Heard Bryan Adams’ song All for love?” she asks, with a smile. “Divya was a part of Sajid’s life before I met him. In fact, she was the reason for our meeting.” Warda was a journalist who’d gone to meet Sajid on Divya’s first death anniversary in 1994. “I fell in love and carried on my feelings (after Divya’s passing, Sajid was seeing Tabu) till I married him one day. And Sajid clearly told me that Divya will always be a part of him.[10] [11]

Sajid Nadiadwala has paid 1.5 crores for divya bharti’s song saat samundar to be used in his movie kick. In a memorable tribute, it has Salman Khan dancing and lip-synching to the hit Viju Shah composition ‘Saat samundar paar mein tere peeche-peeche aa gayee’. The song is from Rajiv Rai’s Vishwatma was filmed on Divya Bharti. It was her acting debut. Sajid later commented “I wanted that song ‘Saat samundar’ in ‘Kick’. There are many loving memories of my beloved late wife attached to it. The song makes ‘Kick’ all the more special.[12] Bharti died on 5 April the following year and Nadiadwala remained unmarried until he subsequently married former journalist Warda Khan in 2004.He has two sons with her, Subhan and Sufyan.


Nadiadwala has produced the following films.

Title Release Dates Lead Actors
Housefull 3 3 June, 2016 Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh , Genelia Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan
Dishoom 2016 John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Varun Dhawan
Tamasha 25 Dec 2015 Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Phantom 28 August 2015 Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif
Lai Bhaari – Marathi Movie 11 July 2014 Ritesh Deshmukh and Salman Khan
Kick 25 July 2014 Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez
Heropanti 23 May 2014 Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon
2 States 28 April 2014 Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt
Highway 21 Feb 2014 Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt
Teri Meri Kahaani 22 June 2012 (only distributed by Nadiawala) Shahid Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra
Housefull 2 5 April 2012 Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham,Jacqueline Fernandez, Riteish Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, andShazahn Padamsee
Anjaana Anjaani 1 October 2010 Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Zayed Khan
Housefull 29 April 2010 Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jiah Khan and Arjun Rampal
Kambakkht Ishq 3 July 2009 Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, and Aftab Shivdasani
Heyy Babyy 24 August 2007 Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani
Jaan-E-Mann 20 October 2006 Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 30 July 2004 Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega 4 August 2000 Salman Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji & Shahrukh Khan
Judwaa 7 February 1997 Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor and Rambha
Jeet 23 August 1996 Salman Khan, Sunny Deol and Karishma Kapoor
Andolan 4 August 1995 Sanjay Dutt, Govinda and Mamta Kulkarni
Waqt Hamara Hai 2 July 1993 Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Mamta Kulkarni
Zulm Ki Hukumat 17 July 1992 Govinda, Dharmendra and Paresh Rawal


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