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Milan Luthria looks ahead of Deewaar
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
He's painfully shy, and yet determined to find his way in the big bad jungle of moving illusions.
Film director Milan Luthria's third film, "Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home", opened to thundering ovation. The response thereafter has been pretty mixed.
"I really don't know how mixed it is. When I speak to distributors in West Bengal and Bihar, they say it's doing fantastic business. Then the Punjab distributor says it isn't so hot there. So strange!
"I was happy with my film when it was done, though a few things could have been done better," he said.
Critics have complained bitterly about the loose ends in the narration.
Milan Luthria takes the blame. "I should've taken a closer look at the end-product. But really big films tend to overpower your objectivity. But when I finished making 'Deewaar' I was happy with it."
Though Luthria's ,debut film "Kachche Dhaage" with its rugged all-boys' ambience was a hit, his second film "Chori Chori", an out-and-out mushy romance, was a miserable failure.
"I must admit I enjoy the rugged action genre. I enjoy being outdoors on rugged locations. What I really want to sink my teeth into now in an out-and-out entertainer.
"I want to attempt a classic action adventure, like 'Sholay'.
"I think that film had it all. Tension, adventure music and comedy... I agree my 'Kachche Dhaage' and 'Deewaar' precluded women audiences. I guess I like to be economical in my expression of emotions. But I guess I'll learn."
Now Luthria plans to make another film with the same producer Gaurang Doshi.
Amitabh Bachchan is sure to be in the cast. "And why not?" Luthria's enthusiasm is infectious.
"Who wouldn't want to work with Bachchan over and over again? Working with Bachchan in 'Deewaar' was fun. He's very fond of the film. One of my happiest moments was when he told me that I was so unassuming a person that he never thought I could make such a hard-hitting film.
"He's a little disappointed by the mixed response to the film... I really can't brood about the film's box office performance. After a point a film ceases to be the director's...
"Frankly audience tastes are so varied, you never know who's watching what in which part of the country. I'd rather make what I believe in than try to do what would please everyone."
Luthria ,is also committed to do a film with Sanjay Dutt in the lead.
"Both these projects could take off simultaneously. Or they could come one after another," is Luthria parting shot.
Right now Luthria is completely exhausted with "Deewaar" experience.
"We need to sit down and flesh out the story for my next. Fortunately I've lots of offers. For now I'm committed to direct only two new films," he says.