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'It's a story that people will relate to'

Director Ravi Chopra speaks to Diganta Guha about his film Baabul which hits the theatres today. Pics: Baabul premiere

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 11:13 IST

After Baabul, the Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini jodi  will be seen once again in Patjhar to be directed by Ravi Chopra who called the shots in Baghban  and Baabul.

“It’s a story about the relationship of an elderly couple,” informs Chopra who adds that he will start the film once he is through with his next after Baabul — Pappu Pass Ho Gaya.

Coming to Baabul  that releases today, Chopra says it is not just about widow remarriage. “It is about widow rehabilitation.” Talk of hype, Baabul is also Chopra’s next after the highly successful Baghban  that spelled magic with the  Bachchan-Hema jodi.

And BR Chopra’s son is aware of it. However, he adds, “Baghban  was about two people, but Baabul  (that also marks the 50th year of BR Films) is about five people. Of course the genre is the same, but the film is entirely different.”

So, the focus is not just on Big B-Hema, but also on Avinash (Salman Khan), Malvika (Rani Mukerji), Rajat (John Abraham) apart from Balraj (Bachchan) and Shobhana (Hema).

And the USP of the film is its story with great performances. Incidentally, the film is based on a true story of a friend of his father. “In fact, I did not script the film keeping Amit and Hema in mind,” says Chopra.

At this high-tech age, a pucca Indian film like Baabul has an audience, feels Chopra. “It is about a good story and that’s what matters. I made The Burning Train years back, which was technically quite high. But it didn’t work. So, it is a story that people will relate to,” says Chopra in whose Baabul, Bachchan plays a doting father-in-law who takes initiative to get his widowed daughter-in-law, played by Rani, remarried.

A film for every Indian, Chopra says there is a strong message through the film — “What you need to do when your young daughter faces such a terrible situation of losing her husband.” And it’s a modern story like all his previous films — Bachchan and Hema’s son, played by Salman, is a modern day son who “flirts with his mother, pulls his father’s leg.”

On the performance aspect, Chopra says Bachchan is too fantastic and so is Salman. “You are going to love Salman in the film,” adds Chopra. And unlike in Baghban, Salman too has a different image in Baabul. Baabul also brings back Bachchan and Rani together after Black and Bunty Aur Babli.

The film premiered at GIFA in Kuala Lumpur on December 7 also has some soulful music by Aadesh Srivastava. “The music basically tells the story,” Chopra adds.

digantaguha@hindustantimes.com