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It often happens in Bollywood

Mukesh Bhatt insists that Aksar is not his usual film. View pictures|Preview

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 18:36 IST

Whilewatchingthe promos of the Dino Morea-Emraan-Hashmi-Udita Goswami starrer Aksar, directed by Ananth Mahadevan, one thought strikes us. That this
tale of ‘seduction and scandal’ looks more like a Mukesh/Mahesh Bhatt film.

Tell director Ananth Mahadevan that and he says, “I don’t know if it looks like a Vishesh Films production, but Aksar is surely a vishesh, special film for me. Zeher was on the lines of the Hollywood film Out Of Time, while Aksar has not the slightest resemblance to it. And trust me, when you see the film, you’ll be surprised by it, more so by the climax.”

Mahadevan’s first two films, Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar and Dil Maange More, were musicals which failed at the box-office whereas Aksar treads a different territory. “With Aksar, I’m venturing into the genre of French film noir, with some black humour in it too,” he says.

Tell him his cast of Emraan and Udita too reminds one of a Bhatt film and he says, “When I narrated the script to Emraan, he wanted to play Dino’s role. But somewhere he thought it would be better to play safe and do a role the audience readily accepts him in. Dino was cast because he has the perfect personality for the character. And he can carry off a suit with panache.

“I had originally signed Celina Jaitley to play the character of Sheena Roy and even shot a day with her. But her dates were clashing with Zinda and Jawani Diwani, so we mutually agreed to part ways. As we had a major schedule in London, it was difficult to re-coordinate the dates once again. Udita seemed to fit the part and is a good actress too.”

Considering that he has an ear for good music, how come he succumbed to making a remix video of the Jhalak dikhlaja number which anyways seems to be a chartbuster. “Remixing is the order of the day. If the song is immensely popular, I don’t see any harm in remixing it,” he replies, adding, “It’s better if we do it ourselves, instead of someone else do ing it 10-15 years later, which we may not like. Besides, we could even be wondering how much better it would have been if we had done it ourselves.”

With the Akshay Kumar Karisma Kapoor-Ameesha Patel starrer, Mere Jeevan Saathi also releasing the same day as Aksar, is it a cause for concern for the director? He remains unperturbed though. “Mere Jeevan Saathi is a big film with a big cast. But I believe there were some major problems which delayed its release.

The music of Aksar has done very well and the response to it has been good, so I’m hopeful it will do well.” Meanwhile, Mahadevan has al ready moved on to his next film, Naa Naa Karte – Believe It Or Nuts! for HMV SaReGaMa. “It’s a romantic comedy revolving around two couples. Dia Mirza and Rimii Sen have been signed as the leading ladies, while Juhi Chawla will play a pivotal role. I’ll finalise the male leads in the next week. After this film, I’ll make another thriller for Shyam Bajaj, producer of Aksar,” he concludes.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 17:15 IST