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Suneel Darshan to reinvent himself after Cannes

The director wants to move away from his trademark pattern of moviemaking with a young and hip film starring Bobby Deol.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 11:50 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Suneel Darshan is all set to move away from his trademark pattern of moviemaking with a young and hip Bobby Deol-Upen Patel starrer. But before that Cannes calls the masala  filmmaker.

It looks like a full house in Cannes this year. It's not just Karan Johar who's heading for the most prestigious film festival in the world. Darshan takes the entire oeuvre of his films there.

The producer-director says: "I've a stall in Cannes. I'm taking my entire repertoire there, from Inteqaam  in 1988 which my production house had produced and Raj Kumar Santoshi had directed to my first directorial venture Ajay to my recent Dosti.

"Also included are my brother's Lootere  and Haan Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya. Rahul Nanda has designed a brochure representing my entire journey as a filmmaker."

Darshan thinks the time for Indian cinema to make a global impact is now. "Our cinema is creating an impact far beyond India. Our overseas collections are rising by the week. It's time we took our cinema more seriously."

He will return from Cannes to make what he calls an unusual departure from his style in his next project.

"I've my actor's dates from July 1. I'll start pre-production work in June. I want to do a photo shoot with Bobby and Upen when I return from Cannes. But I need fresh faces to play the female leads. I want to package this film in a completely new style.

"I'm trying to evolve with the times. 'Dosti' ended one phase in my career. I'm now trying to enter a new phase. I want to play the game of making younger cinema that everyone is making. In style my new film will be American. But the values that I believe in as a filmmaker will remain.

"This film will just be more stylised. I want to bring on a whole new crew and team this time. But the script is my own. Bobby will play a negative role for the first time."

First Published: May 18, 2006 11:50 IST