The producer of Milenge Milenge is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his film, which features Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur and has been long in the making, appeals to movie buffs. Director Satish Kaushik admits that portions of the film that might have got dated have been even re-shot.
"Yes, we have re-shot portions of Milenge Milenge in Delhi. The entire film is set in Delhi, just like my other hit film 'Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai' with Kareena. In fact, I was supposed to do another film with Kareena (Dil Chor with Abhishek Bachchan) for Boney (Kapoor). Instead we did Milenge Milenge," Kaushik told IANS.
Interestingly it was Kareena who recommended Shahid for the role. Both were seen together in Fida (2004). The film didn't do well at the box office but their next release in 2007, Jab We Met, was a blockbuster.
Kareena broke up with Shahid while working on Jab We Met but Kaushik says her personal relationship never interfered with Milenge Milenge, which is being produced by Boney Kapoor.
"Both Kareena and Shahid have been complete professionals. If Milenge Milenge has taken so long to be completed, it's not because of the artists. Everything from my personal family problems to the tsunami happened to Milenge Milenge.
"One schedule in Bangkok got cancelled at the last minute. Tsunami struck and everyone got washed away in the tides where we were supposed to shoot. If the film could survive the tsunami, what's a bit of negativity about a delayed project? Pakeezah and Mughal-e-Azam were in the making for decades," he said.
Milenge Milenge got another jolt when Salman, who was supposed to make a special appearance, opted out because he discovered he couldn't get along with Shahid.
Far from putting the project on the backburner, Boney and Kaushik are more determined than ever to release Milenge Milenge this summer. The movie is their version of Peter Chelsom's 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity.
The film is about two people involved elsewhere who after a chance encounter decide to give their feeling for one another a chance to grow.