Ila Bedi Datta is the writer of Hrithik Roshan-starrer Agneepath, one of the most-talked about projects of 2012. Just ahead of the movie’s completion, she admits she never thought that she’d have to watch the original Agneepath top-lining Amitabh Bachchan over a 100 times.
“There was certainly a lot of pressure on me and on Karan Malhotra, (director and co-writer). We had to ensure that there was no repetition from the previous movie. Everything including the characters, their mind-sets and situations had to be different,” she recalls.
The effort and responsibility, Ila admits, was a lot more because the period that both the films are set in is the same. “This Agneepath is also about the late 1980s-early ’90s, when there were no mobile phones. Laptops, iPhones and other gadgets were only imaginations. That made it even harder because our base story is the same: Kancha Cheena and Vijay Dinanath Chauhan’s rivalry,” says Ila, who from a TV writer turned TV producer with the daily soap, Hitler Didi, that shortly goes on air on Zee TV.
“I went back and forth on the original to ensure that I’m not incorporating a situation that remotely resembles anything that’s happened in the previous outing. Even the dialogue is written differently because our Vijay is different from Mukul Anand’s.”
Recently, there were rumours that Priyanka Chopra, who plays the female lead in the film as a middle class chawl-dweller called Kaali, has a role, almost the size of a cameo. It’s also said that since the length of the character wasn’t too long, the National Award-winning actor was among the first artistes to finish shooting her part. “That’s not true,” exclaims Ila.
“She’s the relief in this maar-dhaad (action) movie. Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) and Hrithik are perennially wearing intense expressions. We had to have someone as cool as PC to give the film a breather. She has the songs and dances. And her character is definitely meatier than nurse Mary in the original Agneepath.”
Salman blocks next year’s Eid
Actor Salman Khan, obliging fellow star Aamir Khan’s request, has postponed the release of Ek Tha Tiger. The Yash Raj production, starring Salman and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, will now be released during Eid next year instead of its scheduled release on June 1, 2012. The date was pushed as Aamir wanted to release his untitled project with Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji on June 1.