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'Punishment once is enough'

entertainment Updated: Mar 15, 2010 00:50 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Pritish Nandy Communications has tied up with High Point Media Group for the international release of Shiney Ahuja-starrer Accident.

How did it happen?
I met Carey Fitzgerald at FICCI Frames last year and we got talking about how Indian films could move beyond the regular international markets. Carey’s company excels in taking films to bigger international platform. Accident was under way then and we decided to make an Indian and an international version of the film. Later, we started work on two more horror films.

Is Accident ready?
We’re working on the post-production. The international version would be tighter than the one that’ll release in India.

Wouldn’t the Shiney Ahuja case affect the film’s prospects?
A man can be punished just once for a crime he commits. The decider hearing will have come and gone by then. It won’t change the film or its fate.

But women’s organisations can disrupt its release?
Why would they? You cannot punish a man once legally, and then again at the hands of the public.

Your other project Ek Tho Chance sounds like a film from the Slumdog Millionaire mould.
You feel that way because Slumdog Millionaire has seized our mindset. We celebrated the film so much that anything to do with Mumbai sounds like it.
But Ek Tho Chance is a different movie, a different take on the city.

Is the sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects on?
Yes, we will be going on the floors in three to four months.