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Mehul Kumar to start work on Krantiveer 2

Mehul Kumar will stage a comeback with as many as three movies which will all be announced next month, informs Roshmila Bhattacharya.
Hindustan Times | By Roshmila Bhattacharya, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2008 07:03 PM IST

Mehul Kumar will stage a comeback with as many as three movies which will all be announced next month.
One of them is Krantiveer 2 and takes off from where the patriotic drama left off, 14 years ago.

"The apathy among the youth is disturbing. Ninety per cent of them are without aim or ambition," he complains.

He's equally concerned about the issue of women empowerment and unchecked inflation. Such issues will be tackled in the new Krantiveer. Na na or haan haan? "The youth has turned away from desh bhakti. For a better tomorrow, we need one more kranti.. one more rebel. That sounds like a high-voltage drama but it will be treated lightly says ," Mehul Kumar.

Will Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia return in the sequel? "Maybe but I can reveal the details only next month. Some of the original actors will be there. Only those who're dead won't return from the grave," he says, adding that the acting crew will include a couple of newcomers.

"I need good actors and not big names. It's a per formance-oriented film. Nana wasn't a hero when he did Krantiveer. It was his first positive character in the lead after Tiranga which also featured Raaj Kumar. He was perfectly cast and even bagged a National Award," Mehul Kumar points out. Changing lanes The other film is a family drama, a comedy with an emotional message. It features four couples. The other is a solo-hero project with a strong supporting cast. The film revolves around a man who speaks his mind without bother ing about the consequences.

The producer-director's last film Jaago hadn't work commercially He blames its . failure on the subject of child rape. "Even though we read about children being raped every day, not many were willing to be subjected to the trauma in a theatre," he reasons.

After Jaago, Mehul Kumar took off to his home town Jamnagar to build a multiplex. "The Mehul mutiplex has been functioning smoothly for the last four years," he says, adding, "I have also tied up with Adlabs for six to seven multiplexes in Gujarat. The industry was going through a slack phase, so I had diverted my energies to exhibition."

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