‘Even Yashji can’t guarantee that Tashan will be a hit’
Sanjay Kotadia tells Roshmila Bhattacharya, co-producer of Sirf, is ready to take on competition as his film hits theatres today.india Updated: Apr 25, 2008 17:12 IST
He has a flourishing construction business in Surat. But he says that you can sell a house only once. But once you make a film, he points out, you can sell the rights not once but again, and again and again for a lifetime.
It wasn’t all fun and games for Sanjay Katodia, co-producer of the just-released Sirf — Life is Greener on the Other Side.
“For a year I made several trips to Mumbai looking for someone who could get me a foothold in show business. Then, through my guruji I met Raajatesh Nayyar, an aspiring director, who had a story ready,” he recalls.
Ghanshyam and Kanu Patel, two brothers from Surat, joined in and launched Sirf under the banner of Seven Eagle Productions. It took Nayyar eight to nine months to finalise the acting crew. For Kay Kay’s (Menon) role Rahul Bose had been approached, Shreyas Talpade for Anuj Sohni’s and Sonu Sood for Praveen Dabbas’s.
Shilpa Shetty had liked the script but things didn’t work out. Subsequently, the film was wrapped up in just eight months. Even the usually unpredictable Manisha Koirala would arrive for the shoot in time.
Once for a 9 a m shoot in Mulund, she actually turned up an hour earlier. After talks for distribution with Studio 18 and Reliance failed, Pyramid Saimira stepped in and took over the project.
Now, Sirf is being released on the same day as the star-packed Tashan. Katodia contends,“Earlier, I would have had to contend with Brahm, Shauriya and KhudaKeLiye. Also, Race and One Two Three were still going strong. A week or two later there would be Jannat and Bhootnath. You rarely get a clear week. And well, even Yashji for all his experience cannot guarantee that Tashan will be a super hit.”
The film has cost Rs 5.5 crore. Katodia is hopeful of breaking even with some profits.