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‘Next movie? After a break!’

Director Danish Aslam insists that his Imran Khan-Deepika Padukone movie is not a standard love story and says he will be on holiday after his debut releases this week.

bollywood Updated: Nov 23, 2010 18:18 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

First-time director Danish Aslam, who started off assisting director-producer Kunal Kohli on his Yash Raj movie, admits he’s not a fan of clichéd love stories. The

Break Ke Baad

director insists that his Imran Khan-Deepika Padukone movie is not a standard love story.

For Aslam, it started during the post-production of

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

when mentor Kohli asked if he had an idea for a film. “I didn’t want to continue assisting. I narrated the idea to Kunal and within minutes, he decided to produce it,” he recalls. He approached Imran Khan because he felt the actor suited character, Abhay’s part. But Aamir Khan’s nephew wasn’t convinced about the second half, so he declined the offer.

Aslam reworked the script and presented it to the actor when they bumped again, socially. “We got talking and discovered that we have a lot in common,” he beams. “I told him about a different second half, which got him to agree to the film immediately.” The director didn’t have to look beyond Deepika Padukone to portray Aaliyah: “There’s a limited number of bankable actors in her age group. And if I made a list of people, there’d be only three or four names.”

When asked if Aaliyah’s character had been modelled on actor Ranbir Kapoor, Aslam retorts, “No way. I’ve met him barely a couple of times socially and don’t know him so well to craft a character on him, that too an opposite sex. Aaliyah is inspired by the people that writer Renuka Kunzru and I have encountered in our lives.”

In the course of the shooting, Aslam was bed ridden for a while in the middle of a schedule due to a back problems. Remind him of that and he sighs, “I had slipped disc a year-and-a-half before I started shooting. Sometime during the treatment I was a bit casual and negligent. And also because of my height, the problem relapsed on my birthday.” So, the director called the shots lying in bed at the location in Mauritius. “Thankfully it didn’t hamper the day’s work and I didn’t have to re-shoot.”

Aslam, who wed his long-time sweetheart Shruti Seth last month, while wrapping up the post-production of

Break Ke Baad

, has a holiday next on his agenda. “We got married on October 10 because we met that day five years ago. The film’s schedule was planned before we decided on the date. So I took three days off work for our wedding,” smiles Aslam, adding that he’d take a longer break after

Break Ke Baad

releases. “I’ve been working on the film for over two years. And who knows? I may just start writing my next movie while I’m on a break with my wife.”

First Published: Nov 23, 2010 13:39 IST