For the first time in his career, producer-director Anil Sharma is working simultaneously on two films: Masters with the three Deols-Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby - and Veer with Salman Khan, who's also scripting the movie.
"Veer is a period film with an epic feel. It's set in 1880, the shooting should start around the middle of the year. It's a big film being produced by Eros, there are so many details to be ironed out first," says Sharma.
The project materialized some three months ago. Sharma says that Khan and he have been keen to work together.
"Then one fine day day Salman who walks, talks and thinks films came up with this idea that he's lived with for long. I liked it. We got talking and Veer was on," recalls the filmmaker.
Con is on
It took Sharma 10 years to bring the Deols together for Apne. The next movie, Masters, is a romantic thriller revolving around a father and his two sons, all of whom are conmen.
Given that there's a blossoming scriptwriter in Dharmendra too, is Masters being penned by him?
<b1>"Dharamji's inputs are most welcome," says Sharma, adding that this film will be filmed in Mumbai, Delhi, London and perhaps the U S too.
Sharma is very clear that he doesn't intend to shoot or release both the films simultaneously.
"Each film should take me around six to eight months to complete. I'm a one-film guy. That's why even though I was flooded with offers after Apne, I'm narrowed down on two."
Gadar 2 ? Yet he admits that he's working on a Gadar sequel. "I need a script that can match up to the intensity of Gadar. I don't want to disappoint the audience," he asserts.
This being the award season, is Sharma expecting any trophies to come his way?
"Mughal-e-Azam, Sholay and Gadar were milestone movies but they were ignored at the award functions. I'm not talking politics here but the facts speak for themselves," he points out.
"In my opinion Dharamji deserves an award for Apne. But who's to say if audience appreciation will translate into awards?"