The Bhatt camp is known for highlighting serious issues or real life events in the garb of a romantic story. And it continues the trend in its next outing Tum Mile, which is set against the backdrop of the floods in Mumbai in 2005.
Co-produced by Sony Music and Vishesh Films, the film about a couple stuck in the deluge of July 26, 2005, releases Friday. Starring Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan in the lead, Tum Mile is the second directorial venture of Kunal Deshmukh after Jannat.
"There is that shock element in Tum Mile, just like every film of the Bhatts. They always bring in something that touches audiences in a big way," Emraan had told IANS.
"In this film, the shock value comes by the means of floods. It is the anti-hero in the film and would take people back to the time when this unfortunate event actually took place," the actor said.
As Mumbai gets waterlogged, the disaster also reunites the two ex-lovers. The two meet after a hiatus of six years and have to stick together during the crisis.
The story shifts between the past and the present and as the long night passes, the two learn more about each other than they knew in the years when they were together.
Recreating the deluge wasn't easy for the director. "There were plenty of problems and I had to give my best in a certain budget. We needed a studio floor bigger than usual with a waterproof ground. I was looking at something cheaper and I got it in Bhandup (close to Thane) with a concrete floor," said Deshmukh.
"Then standing 12 hours in water every single day had its effects. We had to take a lot of precautions like Hepatitis B (shots). Still I suffered a very bad skin reaction and Emraan got a bad eye. Luckily there were no long-term health issues," he added.
The actors too had their share of woes. "Tum Mile has been a very tiring experience, both physically and mentally. It was a difficult film to be made and hats off to Kunal (Deshmukh) for making it happen," said Emraan.
"The entire team has done its best to recreate the flood situation. During shooting, everyone from cast and crew used to stand in waist-deep water for hours at a stretch to give that perfect shot. Credit must also go to the special effects guys who have done a brilliant job for the entire recreation," he added.
Tum Mile also keeps up with the Bhatt camp's other trend - good music. The tracks of the film have been ruling the charts with their soulful renditions.