‘MY RE­LA­TION­SHIP WITH AK­SHAY GOES BE­YOND DO­ING ONE FILM’

Vipul Shah rub­bishes re­ports sug­gest­ing that ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar has opted out of his film

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Film­maker Vipul Shah (right) is set to make his di­rec­to­rial come­back af­ter a hia­tus of seven years. His last out­ing as a di­rec­tor was Ac­tion Re­playy (2010) with Ak­shay Ku­mar, (left) the star with whom he has made six films. Ever since news broke that Vipul’s next film will be ti­tled Na­mastey Eng­land, it is be­ing talked about as the se­quel to his 2007 hit Na­mastey Lon­don, also star­ring Ak­shay. How­ever, the film­maker re­futes this, and says that it’s a new script and story. Fur­ther­more, there are re­ports sug­gest­ing that Vipul was keen on work­ing with Ak­shay again, but that the ac­tor has opted out of Na­mastey Eng­land be­cause he wants to do mean­ing­ful cinema and not take up masala films.

In an ex­clu­sive chat with Hin­dus­tan Times, Vipul says this is not so, and that there’s a dif­fer­ent rea­son for Ak­shay not be­ing in this film. “It’s pre­pos­ter­ous to sug­gest that I’d re­place Ak­shay. Peo­ple need to know that we’ve been to­gether for the past 16 years. Our re­la­tion­ship goes be­yond do­ing one film,” says Vipul.

The rea­son is that Ak­shay is ex­tremely busy with other films, though he and Vipul had to­gether ideated on Na­mastey Eng­land. The film­maker is now pro­gress­ing with the project af­ter get­ting the green light from Ak­shay on us­ing the ti­tle. “When I called Ak­shay to ask if we can use the ti­tle of the film, he said, ‘Arre Vipul yaar, what is the is­sue?’” Mean­ing, he had no prob­lem with this re­quest from a long-time friend.

We’ve been to­gether for 16 years. Peo­ple should not think that one film can cause any prob­lem be­tween us

VIPUL SHAH, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

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