As filmmaker Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts celebrates its 36th anniversary today, the filmmaker besides doing a havan and a small get-together along with close friends, associates and industrywallahs, rings in the anniversary by announcing three films under his banner in a big way.
First being ISHQ DE MAARE, directed by Neeraj Pathak and written by Subhash Ghai. The film starring Deol troika – Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby, is about a bonded family of a father and two sons. The second venture is a biopic on Sarabjit, being directed by Ishwar Singh Muchhal, written by Rajesh Beri. And third, IDIOT NALAYAK USELESS, to be helmed by Ken Ghosh and written by Sumit Roy. All the three projects are made on a different scale with different genres.
Throwing light on his three projects Subhash Ghai says, ”We have a very healthy and good story bank so we thought of going into production in a bigger way by announcing three films on this anniversary. First is ISHQ DE MAARE with Deols, which is about father and two sons, a social family comedy. It’s about a bonded family with conservative attitudes but despite that, they ultimately fall for three different girls and how they can’t express their love to the family. Filled with funny situations, ISHQ DE MAARE is a beautiful film which will be made in a Hrishikesh Mukherji style. Neeraj Pathak, who wrote PARDES and APNE APNE, has directed it. He’s very nice and good filmmaker.”
”Second film is on Sarabjit. When I heard this subject it touched me so much that I at once decided to tell the story. It’s again a Biopic film after BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG. Because people accepted MILKHA, so it further affirmed my belief that people love biopics also, provided it’s presented sincerely and brilliantly. We even contacted sister of Sarabjit and she was fine with it. Though our script is on, our cast is still being finalized. We have a wish list of having three heroes with three heroines. But we are still in the process and within 30 days it will be finalized.” But probe him about reports doing the rounds of Sonakshi Sinha being part of the project and he says, ”Sonakshi is very much on our wish list but we have not zeroed in anybody yet. While the title role will be played by Anurag Sinha, who starred in my film BLACK AND WHITE.”
”While the third film IDIOT NALAYAK USELESS, will make you smile directed by a young talented filmmaker like Ken Ghosh. Though Ken is ready with the film to hit the floors, he is in the casting process.” But ask him if he plans to cast new faces and Ghai says, ”Whatever the director feels right. It all depends as he is still contemplating.’
Meanwhile the director is busy with his directorial next KAANCHI, after YUVVRAAJ, which was five years back. His banner has been going through a rough patch and awaiting a hit, however the filmmaker is rejoicing his contribution to the industry for 36 years. ”36 years has to be an exciting journey for filmmaker. Firstly I could stay that long, so the show is on. Secondly, I have seen lot of highs and lows. I have made 18 films, 14 big hits and 4 didn’t work. I also witnessed the high and lows when my films flopped or were huge hits, when there was a vacuum. So I am immune to all those kind of things- write-off and welcome by media, the break-ups and make-ups. But I am glad that in 36 years I could create a platform like Whistling Woods for the next-gen. I have done something for my society and nation that is my very big satisfaction more than my film being hit or not,” he says on a parting note.
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