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Anubhav Sinha at Canadian locale for third time

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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"Dus" is a much bigger film than Anubhav Sinha's two earlier films, "Tum Bin" and "Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai".

But what they all share is the location - Calgary in Canada.

"It is cheaper to make a film there... the place is beautiful... and I know the place better... I mean, Calgary," Sinha explained from Calgary where his marathon schedule for "Dus" begins next week.

Sinha said 'dus', meaning 'ten', is a very significant number in the film.

But his new film is not in any way linked to a film of that name, which the late Mukul Anand had launched before his untimely death. "No it is not so... I am not half as capable as Mukul Anand. We knew this rumour was bound to happen but it will die a natural death in some time."

Sinha says he still has to digest the fact that he's directing such a huge cast.

"It is a huge responsibility. And it is constantly sitting on my shoulders whispering into my ears words that don't let me sleep. Directing Sanju (Sanjay Dutt), Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Esha Deol, Dia Mirza, Raima Sen, Gulshan Grover, Pankaj Kapur and also Jawed Sheikh (from Pakistan) is no joke.

"Nevertheless, we will be 90 percent through after the Calgary schedule.

"The entire shooting gets over by Sept 25 in Mumbai. Calgary gets over by Aug 28. The whole film is intercut between Mumbai and Calgary and 75 percent of it is in Canada."

Is it tough accommodating so many stars in the plot after having worked with the likes of Praiyanshu Chatterjee and Himanshu Malik earlier?

"Let me tell you, 'Dus' was not written with the stars in mind. We first wrote the script and then one day through a friend, Sagoon Wagh, and I narrated it to Sanju Baba (Dutt) who loved it.

"And then there were three more characters. We narrated them all to the actors in the present cast and it was all done.

"We did not write the script to suit the demands of a set up that a producer already had. It was the other way round... we had the bound script and we got the stars."

Anubhav Sinha evidently hopes to reach a higher plane with "Dus".

Will he be able to do it?

"I hope so. 'Dus' is a huge leap forward from my last two films. Let's hope I negotiate the leap without mishap."


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