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Bollywood's act two

Film professionals are pushing their creative horizons to move beyond established, safe territories, writes Princy Jain.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 15:28 IST

You can never pin down creativity to just one slot.

Why else would an actor of the stature of Amitabh Bachchan float a production house? It’s a different matter though that ABCL didn’t quite click like the Big B himself.

Now, more than one professional from the film industry is moving beyond his established field to try something new — whether it succeeds or fails, only the BO will tell.


Those ready for newer pastures include the brother-sister duo of Saif and Soha Ali Khan, who recently announced intentions to open a production house along with Ekta Kapoor.

Ajay Devgun too is ready to make short films, beginning with one on last year’s Mumbai deluge. Director Prakash Jha, known for his intense films, has turned distributor with Omkara by acquir ing rights for the Bihar ter ritory.

As for Naseerud din Shah, there’s more to his directorial debut Yun Hota To Kya Hota — he will launch renowned choreographer Saroj Khan as an actor in this film. Jaya Bachchan too is pulling the financial strings of four projects.

And Vishal Bharadwaj dons multiple hats of writer, director and composer with Omkara.

Imagination unleashed

Is attempting such risks all about pushing the creative horizon? Shah feels it’s the extension of his experience of “30 years as actor and stage director. The art of story telling has always fascinated me and now I’m attempting something fresh.”

Adds Jha, “It’s a related job — part of the same industry.” That sounds good but there have been flopped instances of such multitasking — most notable being Sonu Nigam’s attempt at acting and Jackie Shroff ’s failure with filmmaking (Grahan).

Amitabh Bachchan has been quoted saying about the failure of ABCL, “few things don’t work and few do.” However, says Sonu, “I still consider myself a winner as I could pull off acting despite being a singer, which is not true for actors trying out singing.” Whether it’s imagination let loose or future planning, we still don’t have a winning example.