Matters of love and heart... and Indo-Pak
Sawan Kumar Tak... from `Souten' to `Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya'.
AT A time when war mongering is the norm for political leaders on both sides of Indo-Pakistan border, Sawan Kumar Tak is making a film whose message is to do away with borders. He wants to bring a feeling of brotherhood and congeniality between people living on either side of the border. Perched comfortably at New Delhi's Hotel Intercontinental, he says, "This film, `Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya' is about an Indian falling in love with a Pakistani girl. More than half of the story has been completed. Editing and censorship have to be done. There are eight songs."
What is the underlying theme of the picture at a time when it has become a fashion in Bollywood to make jingoistic films? Taking a pause, Sawan Kumar says, "We shouldn't make films like `Gadar' and `Ma Tujhe Salam', which exploit emotions of both Hindus and Muslims. We have had communal conflagration in Gujarat. I want to do away with not just the LOC separating the two nuclear head countries in the sub-continent but also all world borders. After the withdrawal of armed-to-the-teeth soldiers we should bring love, compassion and understanding. We need to know that terrorists are terrorists and don't believe in the concept of religion. God created earth first. Why cannot we enjoy the fruits of Almighty's creation?"
On his films like "Sanam Bewafa" and "Souten Ki Beti", Sawan Kumar says, "The approach towards `Sanam Bewafa' was altogether different. Whenever we are satisfied our audience automatically accept that film. In this film, we haven't depicted the Muslim society as has been shown ad nauseum in our films. Women don't talk using a veil. It was a bold subject in which two families are shown with daggers drawn but their children fall in love with one another. Danny got Filmfare award. In `Souten Ki Beti', I have shown a healthy, platonic relationship, drawing inspiration from Radha and Kishan."
"Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya" has been mostly shot in Mumbai and Manali. Kapil and Saloni are the newcomers who have been taken by Sawan Kumar Tak. Why has he reposed faith in those who haven't been tested at the box office? With irritation writ large on his countenance, Sawan Kumar says, "I don't believe stars run the film. I don't believe in running after starlets and behave obsequiously with them. I have directed the legendary Sanjeev Kumar, versatile Padmini Kolhapure and given to this industry a meritorious cameraman like Harmeet Singh. If the script is good and the director is reasonable and understanding then newcomers don't trouble you at all."
Are songs in "Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya" the unique selling point of the film?
"If you have intelligent thoughts then songs don't matter. It is not a crime to have songs in the film. Look at Aamir Khan's `Lagaan', which had more songs than my film. Some of the good songs in my film are `O Shaheed Tum pe', `Jaan Di Tumhe' and `Watan Pe Humpe Yeh Ahsaan Hai','' says Sawan Kumar.
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