After having made three and a half hour to four-hour films like Swades, Lagaan, Jodha Akbar, What's Your Rashee?, Oscar-nominated director Ashutosh Gowariker says he found it difficult to make a ‘shorter’ film.Khele Hum Jee Jaan Se is my shortest film. It’s less than three hours long,” says Gowariker.
Was co-producer PVR pictures instrumental in having Gowariker stick to a shorter reel? “It’s difficult to say short films have a better shot at the box office. 3 Idiots was two hours and thirty minutes long and with credits, it extended by 15 more minutes. Reliance didn’t have trouble marketing that film. The trade understands it's important to back a good story. Even Hollywood flicks like Titanic and Avatar were longer than usual,” says Kamal Gyanchandani, president, PVR pictures.
The film based on Malini Chatterjee’s novel Do and Die is about the 1930 Chittagong uprising against the British rule in India. “Little is known about the uprising and it has remained a line of reference in history books,” says Gowariker on why he chose the subject.
The film portrays Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Sikander Kher as revolutionaries ready to do anything for the sake of freedom. Co-produced by Ajay Bijli, Sanjeev Bijli and Sunita Gowariker, the film will open in cinemas on December 3.