Way back in 1994 when Rajkumar Santoshi's ANDAZ APNA APNA released nobody in their wildest of dreams must have imagined that it will achieve such a cult status and become a hot favourite among every household (whose DVD's and VCD's will sell like hotcakes). Nevertheless Rajkumar continued with the message-driven social films all these years and never attempted to make a humorous film.
But now after a lengthy gap, the filmmaker is back to comedy. And all eyes are set on his next film, romantic comedy AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in the lead.
Comparisons are bound to happen. So do we expect another cult in the making with AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI. Laughs off Santoshi, ''Ya you can!'' He further adds, ''But on serious notes, I hope the film to do really well. We have put in a lot of hardwork and efforts behind it. I hope the audience love and admire it the same way they did for ANDAZ APANA APNA.''
And how different is AJAB PREM...from ANDAZ APNA APNA, considering both belong to the same genre - Comedy. Santoshi draws out the difference here, ''Definitely there's lot of difference between the two. AJAB PREM concentrates on love aspect, what is love all about. It gives importance to romance...though the matter of the film sounds a bit serious one but the presentation is light-hearted. Unlike most lovestories which has some tragedy attached to it, AJAB is an absolute fun ride,'' But looking at the promos which are currently on air, one does see the reflection of ANDAZ APNA APNA in AJAB PREM. ''Yes even AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI is a situational comedy and does have the flavour of ANDAZ APNA APNA. But overall AJAB PREM humour is very much different from that of ANDAZ,'' says Santoshi.
So what is the ghazab ki baat about this AJAB PREM...KAHANI. In an excited tone Santoshi talks about his new film,''(Smiles) The entire film is ghazab. Ghazab chemistry, ghazab romance, ghazab lovestory, ghazab starcast and so on...I am sure when people will watch AJAB PREM they will carry the smile on their face. AJAB PREM is all about bringing the smile. A very positive energy flows throughout the film and people will love it to the core. Ranbir and Katrina have really worked hard and their pairing looks amazing on-screen.'' Jokes Santoshi, ''You can call it a Laurel-Hardy type of comedy. Ranbir on giving and Katrina on receiving end.''