Filmmaker Anil Sharma has done what many couldn’t have — he has brought the three Deols — Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby together fort the first time ever, in his film Apne. Shot in Chandigarh, Punjab, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Bangkok and Canada, this big budget film is one of the most anticipated ones this year.
HT City caught up with the filmmaker.
A casting coup of a sort — Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby together for the first time…
It is not only my dream project but also for the Deol family. We kept thinking of it for seven years, but did not get any story. I didn’t want to make another action flick. We also wanted a comeback film for Dharmendraji. He is a legend and we wished that he should do a film that goes with his stature. Apne is his film and we all are very emotional about it and so are the audiences.
Through Apne, we find a much softer Anil Sharma, isn't it?
Let me correct you. My image of making only action flicks has been created by the media. My debut film was Shradhanjali and then I went on to make Bandhan-Kachchey Dhage Ka.
Yes, it’s true during the days of video, when the audiences stopped coming to the theatres, I made a film like Hukumat, which was all action and a big hit and then what followed were Elaaan-e-Jung, Tehelka and others. But Gadar — Ek Prem Katha was 70 per cent a love story. It was an emotional and dramatic film, which had action as just a part.
<b1>Let’s get it clear…what is Apne all about?
Apne is all about a father and his two sons. It’s a film about a family. It is quite natural that parents do a lot for their children, but when it’s the other way round, they become apne. We have boxing as the backdrop of the film. In fact, I will tell you what, we shot a heavyweight championship fight with 11 cameras.
So, you have cashed in on the rough and tough image of the trio…
Yes, I have. But for any hero, emotion is also important. Can you imagine a father and son staying together nowadays? The Deols do. And when that happens the emotion is so honest and straightforward on screen too. And mind you we did not have to use any glycerine. The tears are real.
One of the female leads in the film is an international star now…you know whom we are talking about…
Yes, Shilpa Shetty is a big star now after Celebrity Big Brother. Interestingly, the CBB members shot on my sets one day. That was the last day of my shoot. She is a global figure now. Both Shilpa and Katrina Kaif have substantial roles in the film. Since it is a family drama, women play important roles.
Sonu Nigam and Himesh Reshammiya (they are not in the best of terms) come together after a long time in Apne…
I don’t know what their problem is or whether they have any problem or not. Himesh has made him sing in my film and that’s what I know. But yes, if they sort out their problems, I will be very happy.
Will Gadar 2 be made?
No, these are only rumours. You can’t have sequels of films like Mughal-e-Azam and Sholay, can you? Similarly, you can’t have a sequel of Gadar. The story has stopped. Yes, I have been asked to make Gadar 2. But I know I cannot make it. Tara Singh (Sunny’s character in Gadar) has brought his wife back to India from Pakistan. What else can you do now? Gadar is my subject.