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Eternal triangle

Published On: 2013-10-14

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Eternal triangle follows MPKDH


 

TIMES NEWS NETWORK [FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2003]

 

 

It’s a typical Hindi movie. There are two ‘Prems’ and a Sanjana, a talking parrot and Johny the dog. All the stuff that makes a ‘feel-good’ movie. That’s how Kareena Kapoor described Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon.
 

What is the film about? Says Hrithik Roshan: “Its USP is that it is a Sooraj Barjatiya film. That says it all.” What he was driving at was the film is a family entertainer with few rough edges or violence; quite in the same league as Hum Apke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain. In fact, the main ‘Prem’ (as distinguished from the ‘other’ Prem acted by Abhishek Bachchan) goes around with the slogan ‘I am Happy’ emblazoned all over him.

 

“It felt great playing ‘Prem’. He is a rare breed. He is happy with a vengeance,” says Hrithik. The ‘other’ Prem played by Abhishek Bachchan, on the other hand, is a businessman and an introvert; and no prizes for guessing — a friend of the ‘happy’ Prem.

 

Kareena gushes about the movie. “It has given me the chance to go beyond the spoilt, glamour-girl image I potrayed in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum. In MPKDH, Sanjana isa small town girl who evolves as she struggles with the two ‘Prems’.”

 

Both Kareena and Hrithik, in conversation with ET, are however defensive when confronted with the question: Are Abhishek, Hrithik and Kareena all looking desperately for a hit? The media creates its own parameters and then comes to conclusions that are not necessarily correct, says Hrithik. It’s not our fault; the whole industry has been doing badly, counters Kareena. Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon releases on Friday. Its producers, Rajshri Productions, have tied up with Indiatimes, a Times Group company (publishers of The Economic Times), for its internet publicity.

 

“We are sure the film will be a huge hit. With Chalte Chalte and the other hits, the tide is already turning,” points out Hrithik. It is the magic of Sooraj Bharjatiya (who does not give press interviews) that will be the contributing factor, stress both the stars.

 

“He knows his script and he knows his actors. Sooraj-ji looks at an actor’s face and he knows what he is thinking about,” says Hrithik. Kareena says the same thing differently: “He is the most humble director I have worked with. In a time when there is so much talk of cross-over movies, he still stands out as one who knows what a true Hindi film is all about.”


Turning to the bad period, the film industry was passing through, Hrithik Roshan was emphatic that “it was not a reflection of the talent of an actor.” Producers, he said, were making films for all the wrong reasons; and the crisis showed the chaff was now being filtered away.


“Making films should not be a means to the end of making money. It should be an end in itself. Of course there has to be a balance between the commercial and the art work; but ultimately, the film-maker has to be an artist,” the actor said with a glint in his eye.


Has he defined a dream role for himself? Hrithik is quick on that one. “I play my dream role in Koi Mil Gaya. It’s Dad’s movie and it releases on August 8, but I can’t tell you about it just yet.”