‘NO ONE BELIEVED IN HUM TUM’
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’.”