That friendship still exists in the film industry is a belief reinforced for Rahul Anand younger brother of the late director Mukul S Anand. When Anand decided to launch his son Rohit Anand as an actor, he approached Vinod Khanna.
The duo had worked together years ago when the latter had acted in Mukul Anand's film.
Khanna took a sabbatical from the industry in the 1980s, during which he sought solace at the Rajneesh Ashram. He returned to the movies with Mukul Anand's Insaaf. Years later, they teamed up again for Mahasangram and Khoon Ka Karz.
"Vinodji has been a big support to me. Even after my elder brother's death, he continued to stand by me. When I went to meet him withmy son Rohit, he immediately agreed to be a part of our project," recalls Anand.
Anand, who's turning director with his son's acting debut, has previously handled production design. Hefs also directedTVserials though thiswill be his first film as a director. Apart from his son and Khanna, Ek Choti Si Duniya, a love story, will also feature Farooque Shaikh.
"It's an unusual combination which no one has brought on the screen. I've also roped in two veteran actresses, Rati Agnihotri and Dolly Minhas," he says. Anand plans to shoot a major portion in Kashmir, followed by Bangkok.
"Although I'm shooting in Kashmir, my film has nothing to do with terrorism. It's a pure love story," he says.