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Sunny, Sana lead this Kaafila

The film digs into human trafficking, director Ammtoje Mann tells Diganta Guha. Sunny Deol and Sana Nawaz play the lead in this film.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 20:51 IST

The name Ammtoje Mann may not sound familiar. He directed Hawaayein (2000) that didn’t quite set the box office on fire. But, that doesn’t seem to have deterred the actor-director from making his next film, Kaafila, starring Sunny Deol and Pakistani leading lady Sana Nawaz.

A big budget film,“don’t ask me about the budget. The income tax people will be after me,” is his honest confession, Mann would like to categorise it as a thought-provoking but entertaining film. “It is what you call meaningful cinema,” says the director. If Hawaayein was based on the 1984 riots and how innocent people suffered, Kaafila is on illegal immigration. To put it in Mann’s words, “It’s a big issue.”

Quite an ambitious project, Mann has shot in several locations — in parts of east Europe, Afghanistan, Ladakh, Manali, parts of north India and more. “I am picking up real locations. Many people flock to these parts of Europe since London is close to them. We don’t even know what happens to them, the sufferings and so on,” says Mann. Does the film have a political message? “Dealing with the issue means involving everybody associated with it and it is not just about the politics or politicians,” he says.

A still from Kaafila. Sunny Deol and Pakistani actress Sana Nawaz play the lead in this film

Working with Sunny Deol was a mind-blowing experience for Mann, who says he had initially heard some negative tales about him. “But he was extremely professional and co-operative.”



According to reports, Sunny plays the role of a man who helps bringing illegal immigrants back to their country. According to Mann,

Kaafila

is not a typical Sunny action film. “It depends on how you want to make the film. A star is not beyond the film, only a part of it,” he says.



Mann has actually picked actors from places he has shot in. And this is all to lend authenticity to the film. Almost 95 per cent of the film is over. What remains is the shooting of the infamous Malta Boat tragedy, where around Christmas time in 1996, 300 illegal Asian immigrants dies when their boat sank on its way to Sicily. “I plan to shoot the tragedy at some place, either in London or Hyderabad or even Malta,” says Mann who himself is playing an important role in

Kaafila

. Mann hopes to release the film this year.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 20:51 IST