Abhishek Bachchan has been leading the life of a nomad for the last few weeks, thanks to the five-week-long promotions required for Dum Maaro Dum that opens in cinemas today. However, that hasn’t been the case with the rest of the cast, especially Prateik who plays a ‘key’ role in the movie.
Director Rohan Sippy defends his decision to keep Raj Babbar and Smita Patil’s son away from the promotional activities stating that his character brings in the novelty factor into the project and if he’s exposed too much, there’ll be little about the film left to the discerning audiences’ imagination.
“Prateik was purposely kept as far from the promotions as possible because the film opens with his track. In a bid to retain a lot of other important and critical details of the film away from media before it releases, we thought it would be wise if he didn’t speak during the publicity campaigns,” reasons Rohan. “But Prateik’s track is one of the most important aspects of the film. So, even though he has been barely visible during promotions, he’s emotionally connected to the film.”
The director also insists that his promotional material has always indicated that Dum Maaro Dum is not a solo hero film. “Abhishek is the bigger star and understandably, everyone is interested in speaking to him for obvious reasons. He faces the maximum number of questions. Rana (Dagubatti) has been with us throughout the campaing. The story tracks the lives of four individuals, not Abhishek or Bipasha (Basu) alone,” he asserts.