Trained in Cinema, the illustrious film and TV institute of India, Shashi Ranjan has made trailblazing programmes on television like the Shot Gun Show and Making of a Legend, Without Make-up with Mahesh Bhatt and the Dutch co production Driving Miss Palmen, among others. He has also produced and written the Hindi feature film Siyasat starring Kumar Gaurav, Kimi Katkar, Gulshan Grover, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and others. He has been the pivotal spirit behind the formation of The Indian Television Academy. Now, he has produced and directed Dobara and therein handled a uniquely psychological and emotional story with finesse and panache.
Incidentally, Dobara was to cast John Abraham instead of Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt in place of Muammar Rana. While John was finally not cast as the story was about a person who has matured enough and is in his 40s and Sanjay Dutt was facing dates' problems. Dobara will also be the first release of Raveena Tandon after marriage. Dobara is also in the news for its attempt to premier the film in Pakistan.
Shashi Ranjan's DOBARA is about stormy relationships that arise from the quirk of fate and circumstances. It is about Jackie Shroff, an established writer living in marital bliss with his wife Mahima Chaudhary. All of this is violently shaken one day when he gets a call from Raveena Tandon who, 12 years ago, was his love, before being struck with Schizophrenia. Now, she drops a bomb by telling him that she has had a son by him, who was born in the asylum and now resides with a family in Goa. She wants him to accompany her to Goa and wish their son on his birthday. Dumbstruck and bemused, he decides to go to Goa with her. Mahima, when she comes to know of this, is aghast and follows their trail. All of this culminates in a tremendous emotional upheaval and then - sublime reconciliation. On all counts, this tale, told with great aplomb and technical virtuosity, is going to be a profoundly moving experience for the viewers.