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Karan Razdan is ready to tango

Three of Razdan's films are releasing this summer. Johnny D has the details.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 16:26 IST

He created a furore with his last film, Girlfriend! Karan Razdan is definitelyone filmmaker who loves to speak his mind rather than follow what othersare doing.

Unapologetic about the controversy that Girlfriend created, Karan Razdan is ready to tango in March with three of his films - Souten – The Other Woman, Umar andEight - Shani.

Heisa bit skeptical about his films releasing simultaneously. A tete-a-tete with the writer-director:

Three of your films are releasing simultaneously. Are you apprehensive?How I wish I couldcontrol the release ofmy films! I started all the films almost six months back. I must confess I am lucky to have three films one after the other. Let us see how audiencereacts to them.This is indeed a rare phenomenon in Bollywood but I am game for it.

Your last film Girlfriend created controversy. Do we see any controversy this time?
Well! In spite of all the controversy, Girlfriend did a good business for my producer and stars. It ran for 100 days in Delhi and Mumbai and we made our money. It is indeed sad that we do live in a hypocritical society. Who decides what is good for viewing and what is not?
Well, this time there is no controversy.All my subjects are real and one that any one would relate to with surprise.

Three different topics, very unlike the Karan Razdan we know of…
Many may think that I am playing safe but honestly, thesetopicshave touched me very closely. Umar is about the synergy betweenthe young and old. All my veterans, Prem Chopra, Kader Khan and Satish Kaushik have given beautiful performances. Jimmy Sheirgill and Shenaz Treasurywala have blended well with the veterans.
SoutenThe Other Woman is about the other woman in a man’s life. That is the only controversial thing in this film. It has been shot lavishly in Rajasthan and 30 per cent in Goa. I have been lucky because my producer Navin Tak happened to be Sawan Kumar Tak’s nephew, so we got the title.
The third is Eight-Shani, a supernatural suspense thriller.

Mahima is looking hot in your film but she seemed to have really troubled you during the making, what exactly happened?
It was more of a proxy war.She troubled my producer and it was but obvious for me to support Navin Tak. Mahima seemed to have that bahenji look since Pardes. Surprisingly everybody has noticed the change in Mahima’s hot look in Souten-The Other Woman.

Do we see the mirror reflection of Rajesh Khanna’s Souten in your film?Well, the other woman is a very old formula in Bollywood. Each filmmaker does make their films with such a subject in their own perspective and I am no different. The only common factor in my Souten and earlier one is Padmini Kolhapure.

Why is it that you seem to work with newcomers more than the established stars?
Firstly, my films are more character oriented rather than star oriented. Two, it is easier to work with newcomers who give their best because they are so charged up. If you have noticed most of my films have content that is above the star cast, so I love to work with newcomers.

How did you manage to cast late Raaj Kumar’s daughter?
We move in a circuit and I was introduced to Vastavikta by one of my friends. I was looking for a girl to play the character that I offered to her. She agreed because it reminded of her father’s movie Neel Kamal. She is a wonderful girl and has performed well in Eight-Shani. The hero of the film Raj Tara is another talented guy and one will be shocked to see how seasoned he is in his first film. The enthusiasm of the two was nice to see it.

More than Souten and Umar, Eight is creating more curiosity. What is Eight all about?
Eight is beautiful because it propagates karma! I strongly feel that sooner one will see cinema being more educative and informative as compared to what we have been seeing in recent times. Girlfriend was educative but people revolted saying it was obscene. There was not even a kissing scene in the film. While everybody knows about lesbianism, people couldn’t digest when I made the film. Who decides what is good or a bad film? Films with double meaning dialogues get away from Censor Board and my film with the burning topic was considered obscene. It feels funny but then we as a filmmakers have a task to educate the audience of the pros and cons of living in the society apart from entertaining them.

Eight was also supposed to launch yester year actress Leena Chandavarkar as a playback singer?
It just didn’t happened for various reasons. I surely tried my best but then…it is better not to talk about it now.

You were supposed to cast Nandana Sen in one of your films, what happened?
I was casting for Maang, story about marital rape. Somehow things didn’t worked out between us, as she had goose bumps to play the character in the film.

Have you found your heroine for Maang then?
I am still-hunting for my heroine because the movie is likely to go on floors sometime in April. Hopefully soon we will soon finalise someone who fits the bill to play the character with true conviction.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 16:21 IST