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Debutant Jahan on her unconventional Bollywood start

June 30, 2009 2:00:32 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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A veteran of close to 20 odd films, Mehul Kumar has made some notable 'masala' potboilers like TIRANGAA, PAAP KI AANDHI, MARTE DAM TAK apart from KOHRAM and of course KRANTIVEER. He was also responsible for the much hyped comeback of Amitabh Bachchan when he directed him in MRITYUDAATA (1997).

A sequel to KRANTIVEER', Jahan's (who is Mehul Kumar's daughter) debut film KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION features her as the daughter of fiery Nana Patekar. For the uninitiated, the young girl is not new to arc lights. Exactly a decade back, she played the daughter of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Pradha in KOHRAAM [1999].

A decade later, she plays a journalist in KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION who is set to lead the revolution against terrorism, violence and corruption. Isn't that too heavy a subject for a newcomer like her?

"My thinking is that 99% of the actresses debut with a romantic film with songs, dances and stuff alike. I asked myself if I too wanted to follow a conventional approach and the answer was 'no'", confesses Jahan.

Further explaining the reason behind choosing to follow a different route, Jahan says, "I wanted to do something far more challenging because it makes you work harder. Also, though the risks are of course bigger, the benefits are much higher. I don't want to be monotonous and instead demonstrate my calibre by playing a role that other actresses out there would possibly get after working in five or six films".

KRANTIVEER - THE REVOLUTION, which saw Amitabh Bachchan as well as Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia gracing the event of the film's launch, features Samir Aftab opposite Jahan. The film, which has music by Sachin & Jigar and is aiming for September/October release, also stars Kelly Dorji, Ranjit, Farida Jalal, Govind Namdeo, Mukesh Rishi and Aman Verma in principal roles.


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