The Asian Age - - Matinee - LIPIKA VARMA

Di­rec­tor In­dra Ku­mar, who has helmed cult clas­sics like Dil ( 1990), Beta ( 1992), Ishq ( 1997) and more re­cently, Dhamaal ( 2007) and Great Grand Masti ( 2016) is now com­ing back with a multi star­rer film, To­tal Dhamaal, which is an out and out comedy film. The di­rec­tor who is work­ing with Mad­huri Dix­itNene and Anil Kapoor again af­ter a gap of 26 years feels that these ac­tors are truly time­less. “I do not see any changes in them. Mad­huri looks so beau­ti­ful even to­day and Anil looks as hand­some and en­er­getic as ever. It’s our luck that all three of us have been able to sus­tain our re­la­tion­ship for more than 26 years now,” he com­ments. In his long- stand­ing ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood, the di­rec­tor has fos­tered many- as­trong friend­ships. He has also been privy to some of B- towns big­gest fall­outs. One of which took place dur­ing the film­ing of his film Ishq star­ring Juhi Chawla, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn and Ka­jol. There was a con­spic­u­ous mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Juhi and Aamir, off the screen. Ask the di­rec­tor to tes­tify to these ru­mours and he says, “Truly speak­ing I would not know what ex­actly had hap­pened be­tween them. But I re­mem­ber some­thing was wrong. How­ever, I would ap­pre­ci­ate their pro­fes­sion­al­ism, even though they did not talk to each other, but their per­for­mances were not af­fected

I do not see any changes in them. Mad­huri looks so beau­ti­ful even to­day and Anil looks as hand­some and en­er­getic as ever”

even a bit.” Speak­ing about his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aamir for a cameo role in To­tal Dhamaal, In­dra Ku­mar re­veals, “Ac­tu­ally, there was a scene be­tween Anil, Aamir and Mad­huri, but ow­ing to Aamir’s busy sched­ule he in­formed me that it would not be pos­si­ble for him to fo­cus as he is busy. I have scraped this en­tire scene. I do not feel any­one could have re­placed Aamir in this scene. Also, I had writ­ten this scene keep­ing Aamir, Mad­huri and Anil in mind,” he ex­plains. Adding, “Aamir is one ac­tor who lit­er­ally gets into his char­ac­ter. But he is also a mas­ter in con­vinc­ing any­one … he sent me a mes­sage say­ing,” Teri film “TD” toh waise bhi hit hi hone wali hai!!”

In the du­ra­tion of the con­ver­sa­tion, the di­rec­tor also tells us that his film Beta was to star Sri Devi ini­tially and not Mad­huri. He clar­i­fies, “Ac­tu­ally, I am for­get­ting the name of the di­rec­tor. He met with an ac­ci­dent so the film wasn’t made. The en­tire rights of the film were with Boney Kapoor, which was later given to me by him. Now it has been al­most 29 years, I would not re­mem­ber what ex­actly was the is­sue with Sri Devi. But when we de­cided to do the film, we cast Mad­huri,” he re­veals.

As the con­ver­sa­tion comes to a close, the vet­eran di­rec­tor re­veals the name of the one ac­tor he re­grets not work­ing with and it is none other than Amitabh Bachchan. He re­marks, “I re­gret not work­ing with Shri Amitabh Bachchan,” he says ex­plain­ing the rea­son for not hav­ing worked with Big B, de­spite hav­ing sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties. “Ac­tu­ally it was my mis­take that I de­cided to start two films at the same time… Ishq and Rishta. So I hastily signed Amitabh Bachchan for Rishta. Ishq was al­ready on floors, while we per­formed muhu­rat of Rishta. It is then that I re­alised I would not be able to han­dle two films at a time. It all hap­pened be­cause of me… it is my mis­take. But Amitabh Bachchan was very con­sid­er­ate and told me “theek hai aap Ishq kar li­jiye tab tak main Mru­tyu­daata ki shoot­ing com­plete kar leta hoon.” Ku­mar also says, he was the only per­son to have re­turned the sign­ing to Amitabh Bachchan Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited ( ABCL). “By the time I cleared my sched­ule, ABCL was fac­ing a cri­sis and we could not work to­gether. I re­ally re­gret this though. I will surely ap­proach Amitabh Bachchan again. But be­fore that I need to write a script for him,” he chuck­les.

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