Debutant producer Shabina Khan, who has collaborated with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the soon-to-release Rowdy Rathore, is so pleased with her co-producer that she is already planning another partnership. “By June-July we should announce another film together.
I don’t think Sanjay will be directing it, because he’ll be busy with his own film, Ram Leela. But he will continue to be my godfather on my next film too, a person to whom I can turn to resolve any problem and take a decision.” Shabina, who has produced four serials in the past, admits that she has been in talks with Sanjay for the last four-five years.
“I’ve been a costume designer for the last 25 years and the choice I had was between opening a store and making a movie. I decided on the latter,” she says, saying it wasn’t a conscious decision to remake a movie that has already been made in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
“We were watching movies and liked this one. It’s a different movie thanks to Prabhu Sir’s (director Prabhu Deva) take on the film and Akshay’s (Kumar) interpretation of the character. Even the name just came up in five minutes during a conversation with Sanjay. He said Rowdy, I said Rathore and Rowdy Rathore it was!” she says with a smile.
Shabina has designed Akshay’s costumes in the film and admits that after 150 films and over almost 15 years, tailoring Rathore’s wardrobe was child’s play: “I remembered Salman’s character from Judwaa (1997), which I had designed costumes for, and decided to give my Rathore coloured pants. Judwaa was a wild reference point but it seems to have worked.”