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Tees Maar Khan is not The Great Train Robbery

Director Farah Khan denies that her next film Tees Maar Khan is a spoof on the Michael Crichton thriller. She also denies that the film stars Salman Khan and...

bollywood Updated: Oct 02, 2010 18:23 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times,Farah Khan,Shirish Kudner

There are several speculations surrounding Farah Khan’s

Tees Maar Khan

, which is supposed to be a spoof on Michael Crichton’s 1979 thriller

The Great Train Robbery

, starring Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland. The film revolves around a master criminal’s plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Before that, in 1903, Thomas Edison’s film company had produced a movie directed by one of its employees, Edwin S. Porter, also titled

The Great Train Robbery

. It was the first silent movie that told a story. A classic western, it was about bandits who rob a train and are then killed in a shootout.

Original story

The first teaser posters of

Tees Maar Khan

have a train in the backdrop but ask Farah if she was inspired by these two movies and she denies it: “Yes,

Tees Maar Khan

is also about a train robbery but it’s more of a comic caper and an original story.”<b1>

Farah’s just wrapped up the film and has immediately swung into action with a well-strategised marketing campaign. “We are planning some games around the movie, may be toys too. The subject is colourful and larger-than-life and could lend itself to a successful franchise,” says the film’s director, admitting that plans for a sequel are underway.

Katrina Kaif

But there’s still time for

Tees Maar Khan 2

. Apparently, Farah’s next film is with Salman Khan who puts in a special appearance with Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar in the song ‘

Wallah wallah

…’ And opposite him, Farah will be launching Katrina’s sister, Isabella.

“I’m wondering where that rumour came from. Katrina never even mentioned Isabella to me but we had a laugh over the buzz,” she chuckles, insisting that she hasn’t got cracking on her next project yet. “My husband (Shirish Kunder) will be directing two films,




. So I’m going to take it easy and spend time with my babies. I need the break. As for Salman, he’s been a friend for a long time. And this friendship is without any vested interest.”

Incidentally, Salman got Farah to cook a meal for him. “He’s been wanting a typical Parsi meal from me for a while now,” she says. “So when he was shooting with us, I got some of his favourite dishes cooked and took them to the sets. Akshay, Katrina and he loved the spread.”

First Published: Oct 01, 2010 12:38 IST