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Ro­man­tic com­edy Hum Tum (2004) struck the right chord with the au­di­ence, and sub­tly took digs at typ­i­cal things that men and women do. As the film, which starred Saif Ali Khan and Rani Muk­erji, com­pletes 13 years of its re­lease to­day, di­rec­tor

Ku­nal Kapoor (right) takes a trip down the mem­ory lane. He says, “I al­ways wanted to work with Rani [Muk­erji]. Saif wasn’t the first choice and we went to a lot of ac­tors in­clud­ing Hrithik but no one was in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the char­ac­ter.”

“Ini­tially, Hrithik (Roshan) had said no to the film — he wasn’t sure if he wanted to do a com­edy genre. But, when he came for the screen­ing of the film, he told me that it’s a sure shot hit film. He said that he couldn’t have done what Saif had done in the film,” re­calls Ku­nal. It’s loosely based on Hol­ly­wood film When Harry Met Sally(1989). Ku­nal says that he wanted to make it an of­fi­cial re­make but the idea was re­jected by the stu­dios as “they said that it has to be at least 70 per cent sim­i­lar to be an of­fi­cial re­make”.

The film was pro­duced un­der Aditya Cho­pra’s ban­ner but his fa­ther, the late film­maker Yash Cho­pra didn’t have faith in the story. Ku­nal says, “When we showed it to Yashji, he said that ‘You’re right and I was wrong. It’s a beau­ti­ful film and I’m proud to put my name on it’.”

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