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Katrina, Salman to star in Hello...

The film is based on Chetan Bhagat's book One Night @ The Call Centre. Udita Jhunjhunwala tells more.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2007 16:18 IST

Atul Agnihotri is storming ahead with casting of his film based on the novel by Chetan Bhagat. However the title of the film will not be One Night @ The Call Centre as the book was.

Instead it is being called, Hello… which, says Bhagat, “the makers thought would be simple and easy to get”. Elaborating on the choice of title, Agnihotri said, “Hello… is very apt as it’s an expression and can be used in various forms, even in anger. Besides, it’s a natural response of call centre employees to answer the phone with a Hello.”

Besides Salman Khan playing Chetan, the author in the train, Katrina Kaif plays the girl in the train, Sharman Joshi plays Shyam, Zayed Khan is Vroom and the girls to join in are Gul Panag as Priyanka and Celina Jaitley as Esha.

“Salman and Katrina are in special appearances,” informs Agnihotri and replying to his casting, he said, “At the forum of

One Night @ The Call Centre,

many readers had written in suggesting the actors they pictured in the various roles. Keeping that in mind, we cast Zayed, Sharman, Celina and Gul as so many people have already ac cepted them in those roles.”

Agnihotri has said that he was drawn to the book, as it is “a beautiful story which got me fired and inspired. This book combines mystique with modern values and gets you thinking.”

Agnihotri’s film adaptation co-written by Bhagat, will retain the soul and essence of latter’s book, as the director says, “There’s a lot of excess information in the book, explaining the characters and a lot of detailing. But that won’t be there in the film as the audience will see the characters and details on screen, so the explanation won’t be necessary.”

The casting of two more key parts –Radhika and Military Uncle – “should be finalised in a day or two,” said the director who will begin filming in the capital in January-February, finishing the major chunk retaining the aspect of winter in Delhi in the movie. The indoor scenes of portions in the call centre will be shot in Mumbai, for which art director Munish Sappal (

Pinjar, Dor)

will create the sets.

Apart from compositions created by Sajid-Wajid, the film’s soundtrack will also feature bands from call centers in Delhi. “There are a lot of bands in the call centers in Delhi, who have their inter-call centre competition. So those like Josh Machine for example will be featured in the soundtrack of the film,” reveals the director.


is scheduled to release in the summer of 2007.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 12:51 IST