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Showman and his future plan

IN TAMIL NADU, video piracy is punishable under a specially formulated Goonda Act. As a result, the regional film industry there is thriving and the houseful board is back in its right place. ?Why can?t that be turned into a model for other States? We are like a kid from whom a glass of milk has been snatched and who looks but only up to his parents to get him his due.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:04 IST

IN TAMIL NADU, video piracy is punishable under a specially formulated Goonda Act. As a result, the regional film industry there is thriving and the houseful board is back in its right place. “Why can’t that be turned into a model for other States? We are like a kid from whom a glass of milk has been snatched and who looks but only up to his parents to get him his due.

 The film fraternity is similarly expecting the low-enforcement agencies to come to our rescue.” Thus stated Subhash Ghai, who was in the city on Thursday to promote the latest out of his Mukta Arts banner, Shaadi Se Pehle at the PVR at Sahara Ganj. In tow were director of the film Satish Kaushik and writer Sanjay Chhel.

The showman is in payback mode. “For all the fame and success I have enjoyed thanks to the love of my country’s people, I feel it’s time now for me to give it back,” said film maker Subhash Ghai, adding, he had done in the past year labour equaling the making of 20 films to set up an institute to groom potential showmen (see box). 

 “Gone are the days when one had to incorporate the ‘Nav Ras’ (nine flavours) of performing arts in one film,” reasoned the producer for making a comedy. “In this era of specialisation, there would be movies focusing on one ‘ras’ at a time. This time, we are panning on comedy but you can look forward to a mix-bag comprising our future projects. For example, our next film, 36 China Town by Abbas-Mastan, is a thriller,” said Ghai.

“Right from the time I came to Mumbai, Subhash ji was my role model,” revealed Satish Kaushik, whose association with Ghai goes back to the time the latter directed him in Ram Lakhan. “I can’t fathom what he saw in me while I was on the sets in knickers, horsing around with Anupam Kher, that Subhashji promised me whenever he turned producer he would let me direct films for him and here we are!” said Kaushik, who besides having played innumerable comic roles on stage, on the small screen and big, has been a steady choice for direction of films produced by Boney Kapoor, Vashu Bhagnani and now Subhash Ghai. “I’ll be directing another film for Ghai,” said Kaushik.

Writer Sanjay Chhel has not bid final adieu to direction after non-starters like Khoobsurat. “I am hopeful Ghai sahab would give me opportunity to direct too,” he said. Despite being a seasoned lyricist too (remember ‘Nikamma kiya is dil ne?’), why did he not pen the songs for this film? “There aren’t enough people to appreciate his quality of poetry,” quipped in Ghai with a laugh, saving him the embarrassment of answering that.