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Independence for `Paanch', finally



Tutu Sharma... time for recognition. Photo: S. Subramanium.

IF YOU are not seen at a cinema hall every other week, chances are you may not have heard of Tutu Sharma. Matters little for in the film circles, he has been making news. Not the right kind though - his forthcoming "Paanch" has run into one problem or the other with the Central Board of Film Certification. And Sharma has been going to town telling that the film is ready to release. Denied his moment on the silver screen for long, chances are he would makes up for the lost time in the coming days. "Paanch" is finally going to be `liberated' this Independence Day. Then Sharma will have a reason that pronounce "Khullam Khulla Pyar Karein", his other film, lying in the mothballs long enough for balls to lose their poison!

He was in New Delhi this past week to tell us all this and much more. He is more optimistic than excited about "Paanch", understandable for man bitten not once but many times over. All this nothing new for Sharma though who started his career as a producer at the age of 21 and went on to be associated with films in Hindi, English and regional languages. By the way do you know that the Anil Kapoor-starrer "Raj Kumar" had memorable special and visual effects. All by Sharma.

After much talked about controversy, what makes the release of "Paanch"? Says Sharma, "The release of the film on Independence Day is a freedom for me, the final releasing date has genuinely liberated me. It has taken a lot of time, I guess the delay will somehow benefit me because in the previous couple of years the Indian audience has become more mature to appreciate all genres of cinema. In metropolises so many multiplexes have come up contributing to quality in watching cinema and a film like `Kaante' after being delayed for so long had a very good opening - all this makes me more optimistic about the film."

Something astounding with the film: After so much trouble with the Censors only one word has been beeped out of this loose inspiration from the decade old Abhyankar murder case. In any case, the film is said to be more about a band; though there are whispers that Sharma's film is "inspired" from `The Doors' and Jim Morrison's life. Sharma concedes, "Before conceiving the movie I had seen a documentary on the history of the band."

Talking about the actors in the film, he says, "I have done this project with some excellent people, who have been into movies and theatre. Vijay, Joy, Aditya, Kay Kay and Tejaswani all of them are talented and dedicated people."

SYED ASIM ALI

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