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Chhodon Na Yaar: a film for today's youth

The film that releases today is a supernatural thriller. Parmita Uniyal catches up with Jimmy Sheirgill, Kim Sharma and director Dilip Sood.
Hindustan Times | By Parmita Uniyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2007 05:13 PM IST

If you thought the title Chhodon Na Yaar would dissuade cinegoers from seeing this Jimmy Sheirgill and Kim Sharma starrer, think again, for the director of the film Dilip Sood explains the relevance of the title.

"Chhodon Na Yaar is the favourite one-liner of the youth of today, who believe in leading a carefree life", says the director, who is upbeat about his film's release that he touts as a "youthful supernatural thriller".

The film tells the story of a group of enthusiastic post-graduate students of mass communication who venture into a supernatural journey. "Characters of the film are very simple and close to real life. Even Kim Sharma is being shown as a salwar kurta clad girl."

The director avers that his film is neither a formula flick nor an offbeat one. Rather he categorises it as a light film with great music.

"The film's music is already making waves abroad and in India, especially the Kasak number which has gone quite well with Indians living abroad."

Chhodon Na Yaar also brings together Jimmy Sheirgill and Kim Sharma, who have a bonding since the time they did their first film, Mohabbatein, together.

"Kim and I share a great comfort level. She is a great performer. The best thing about shooting for the film was we never had to strain to get into the skin of the character," says Jimmy.

Corroborates Kim, "Jimmy and I have become so used to working with each other that it doesn't seem that we are working (laughs)." "I especially enjoyed the outdoor in Manali. I was the only girl among the bunch of boys. We had a blast," adds Kim.

When asked about the kind of films Jimmy would like to do again, the actor mentions Yahaan, Haasil and Lage Raho Munnabhai in his favourites list. And what about Maachis, that got him critical acclaim?

"That was a small role. It got me critical acclaim, but it did not make me popular among the masses. I looked quite different in that get-up and couldn't even be recognised by people."

Jimmy, however, still pines for a solo hit, which he is yet to add to his acting kitty.

"I would say that a solo hit is very crucial for an actor's career. Apart from quality of the film, its packaging and promotion is of paramount importance. If it is not promoted well, even a good film may lose points at box-office," he signs off.

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