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Meghna ready with her second film

Meghna Gulzar says that Honeymoon is a frothy romantic comedy.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 18:25 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Director Meghna Gulzar, who made her debut in Bollywood with Filhaal, is ready to roll her second film Honeymoon - a comedy with Fardeen Khan and Esha Deol.

"It is been a long wait... four years since Filhaal. But I guess everything happens when it happens," says Meghna.

The second film is always tougher than the first. But then everyone knew Gulzar saab's shy but sure daughter would make it beyond her debut.

"It feels like a long exile. Everyone presumed I wasn't making another film. But I wasn't sitting around waiting for opportunity to fall into my lap... It never does. But neither could I go around asking producers to give me a film. That isn't me," she says.

She tried putting together a project called Mehfooz.

"But that didn't work out. I know I'll make that film some day. Maybe the one after my second film..."

It was finally the ever-enterprising Pritish Nandy who came forward to produce Meghna's second feature film.

"Honeymoon sounds like a comedy. But it is actually not a comedy... not the way the genre is defined in our cinema. It is a frothy romantic comedy, far, far removed from Filhaal, about a couple on their honeymoon."

Esha was finalised for the role some months ago.

"Her mom (Hema Malini) worked so wonderfully with my father in films like Khushboo, Meera and Kinara. I hope to do something special with Esha," promises Meghna, who has worked with two of our most brilliant actresses, Tabu and Sushmita Sen, in her first film.

As for Fardeen, he entered the picture a little late.

"Fardeen is a fine actor with a great personality. We haven't seen him with Esha. I can see the two playing the characters I have written," says Meghna, who has written the film herself.

So what's papa's contribution going to be?

"The lyrics of course... and he is always there... though he won't be allowed to visit the sets even once."

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