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Thoda Pyaar... is not just a fantasy: Kunal Kohli

Kunal Kohli speaks to Diganta Guha about his next film Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic starring Rani Mukherjee and Saif.

india Updated: May 27, 2008 15:33 IST

To call him the blue-eyed boy of Yash Raj wouldn’t be an exaggeration. And why not? After all, he has given the banner two of its biggest hits in

Hum Tum




And at a time when Yash Raj is desperately looking for success after a string of flops, it’s Kunal Kohli’s film

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

that could bring back the smile on Yash Chopra’s face.

“Mind you, it is not Yash Raj’s next after


but Kunal Kohli’s next after


,” says Kohli.

If that sounds arrogant, he is quick to clarify his statement with, “Kunal Kohli is banking on the success of this film, not Yash Raj.”

He has reason to bank on the film, because it is also Kohli’s debut as producer (with Yash Raj co-producing), which places greater responsibility on the journalist-turned-filmmaker.

“It was a different experience, taking care of so many people. And there is a role to fulfill,” says Kohli, who repeats his

Hum Tum

hit pair of Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in the new film.

“But this is a different film,” he says. “It is not a

Hum Tum

or even a


. Every film of mine has been different and that’s where the challenge lies.”

And there is also a challenge in showing Saif and Rani differently, which Kohli admits.

Talking of Saif, or the ‘hit machine’ as many in Bollywood are calling him, Kohli can’t stop raving. “Give Saif something he has never done before and watch the results. It is a question of tapping his potential which Farhan Akhtar, Pradeep Sarkar, Abbas-Mustan and I have done,” says Kohli.

So Saif will do something he has never done before in this fantasy film? “The film is not just a fantasy,” Kohli says, scoffing at reports about the subject.

“It’s got both fantasy and reality, and more importantly working with the children is a revelation. They are pucca Indian kids with no attitude problems,” says the director, who had actually zeroed in on a very hard-hitting subject before he began work on

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

. “That will be my next film,” he says.

Every film comes with a branding and every director creates a brand of his own. A Kunal Kohli film has also become a brand now. Does it add to the pressure? “If there is expectation, there is pressure, which is a good thing,” is the reply.