Kamal Amrohi's grandson Mashhoor is set to revive the family banner and make his debut as writer-director-actor with Hum Sey Hai Jahaan.
He shrugs off comparisons with the master who gave us Mahal, Pakeezah and Razia Sultan, classics which flag off the promo of the grandson's film.
"Kamal sahab was a brand name. But I'm not competing with him, I'm just hoping for the same love that the audience showered on those three films," says Mashhoor.
He says that he worked on the script for six months and could not hand over his baby to someone else to direct. He couldn't think of getting another hero either.
Up in flames
However, the going was rough particularly after an accident on the sets in November 2006. "We were shooting the title song," he states.
"There was rubber solution on the floor.. the set was on fire. I was swinging 50 feet in the air. The smoke was dense. For 35 seconds my legs were on fire. I suffered third degree burns and had no mobility in my legs. I was in bed for six months."
When shooting resumed, the film was wrapped up in 40 days. But on the editing table the debutant director realised that he needed special effects for a particular song.
"Parts of it have been filmed underwater in Singapore. It pushed back the schedule by three months but the sequence will leave you gasping," Amrohi promises.
London's Pinewood Studio has done the SFX.
Quite a mouthful
After eight months of living with the title, Hum Lakh Chhupaye Pyaar Magar, Amrohi felt it was a mouthful and opted for Hum Sey Hai Jahaan.
The first copy should be out in 20 days. Amrohi says that David Dhawan whom he had assisted, will be one of the first to see it.
The buzz is that Mohit Suri has already snapped him up to act in two films. "Mohit is a friend, almost a brother of sorts. We've been in talks but till he makes an announcement I'm not in a position to confirm anything. To be honest, I don't have a single project except for my film," he says candidly.
"There's a script Kamaal sahab had written. Aakhri Mughal is one of the best works I've read," he discloses.
"My grandfather had planned to make the film initially with Dilip Kumar and then Amitabh Bachchan. For a while JP Dutta had toyed with it as a launch pad for Abhishek Bachchan. I'd like to make this film some day, with me in the lead."