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Does the story go on or not for Madhur Bhandarkar?

Director Madhur Bhandarkar is often asked to make sequels to his hits, but he’s interested in an original story next. Vikram Bhatt, meanwhile, is ready to take Haunted, Hate Story forward.

bollywood Updated: Aug 16, 2012 17:55 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Madhur Bhandarkar: I want to make a political thriller

Even before director Madhur Bhandarkar unveils his Kareena Kapoor-starrer, Heroine, on September 21, speculation is rife about a sequel on the cards. Quiz him about this and Madhur says, “Why only Heroine? All my films have open endings. So from Chandni Bar (2001) and Corporate (2006) to Fashion (2008) and now Heroine, almost every story can be taken forward.”

The National Award-winning filmmaker launched the first promo of Heroine in Berlin on August 15, which was also the first day of the Indian Film Festival being held there. His other films, Chandni Bar and Fashion, will also be screened at the fest. Last year, he reportedly visited the sets of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, for a closed-door meeting with Madhuri Dixit to rope her in for Fashion’s sequel that UTV and he wanted to get rolling after Heroine.

So is Fashion 2 on the cards? “Maybe at some point I will make a sequel to one of my films. People want me to; given that most of my films have been successful and critically acclaimed. It would depend on what I want to make. But right now, I want to make a political thriller. It’s been nine years since Satta (2003), which exposed the nexus between politics, the police and the corporate world. I also have another interesting subject in mind… on delinquents. Let’s see what works out, it’s too early to comment.”

Vikram Bhatt: Haunted 2 in 3D

A decade after directing Raaz (2002), Vikram Bhatt will make a comeback to the Bhatt camp with Raaz 3D on September 7. The film will be followed by the sequel to 1920 (2008) called 1920 — The Evil Returns, next month.

“Haunted 2 in 3D should flag off by the end of the year with a new cast,” says Vikram, who isn’t averse to the idea of sequels. Apart from being open to making Raaz 4 in 4D, he’s also scripting Hate Story’s sequel.

Even though he produced and wrote the controversial erotic thriller, Vikram had shied away from directing it, handing the reins over to Vivek Agnihotri. “He will direct the sequel too. A subject like Hate Story needed someone younger. I’d have toned it down because, while my thoughts are bold, I may have developed cold feet executing them on screen,” he reasons. “Vivek had no such qualms. It wasn’t so much the intimate scenes, but the fact that a woman decided to use her body to avenge her humiliation, which worked for the film.”

Hate Story marked the Bollywood debut of Bengali actor Paoli Dam. But the actor will not return in the sequel. Says Vikram, “Since we are only taking the franchise forward, we can move ahead with a new story and new actors.”

First Published: Aug 16, 2012 13:55 IST