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Building Rishtey with Dev

Participating in the Virasat Folk Life Festival in Dehra Dun this past week, versatile director Govind Nihalani takes time out to talk about his forthcoming movie, "Dev". SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY writes



"Producers do not want to pump in money because it is my film. They do not want to put the commercial success at stake." - Govind Nihalani.

ACE DIRECTOR Govind Nihalani's name is enough to brand a film. A boon, one would say, but the man in question raises his eyebrows in amusement.

"No way. I wish it were so. Producers do not want to pump in money because it is my film. They do not want to put the commercial success of it at stake," says Nihalani with an all-knowing smile.

"Struggling" to make the kind of films he wants to, the veteran too "wanted to go to Switzerland and shoot" for his upcoming movie, "Dev". But, he says, despite featuring names like Amitabh Bachchan and successful faces like Kareena Kapoor, getting finances for the film was not easy. "My company, Udhvav Dreams Zone has now joined hands with Entertainment One and Applause Entertainment to make the film. And the place of shooting is nowhere else but Mumbai about which I talk in the film," informs the maker of the Nnational Award winner "Ardh Satya". The story is woven around two friends, both joint commissioners of police, and their way of looking at issues like corruption etc.

Besides Bachchan and Kareena, the movie has Om Puri, Amrish Puri and Fardeen Khan too. "And, it is scheduled to be released in the first week of April," says Nihalini.

In Dehra Dun this past week to take part in the 12-day long Virasat Folk Life Festival, which showcases five of his films, Nihalani says, like all his movies, "Dev" too, "deals with a serious subject seriously".

He opines, "It would be foolish to take the audience as morons. They never reject a good film, however serious the subject." The film has no songs yet he hopes it to become a commercial success.

Talking about working with Bachchan, he comments, "He is a magician. And, I did not know till now that the man has an amazing sense of humour. In between shots, he keeps the cast in splits."

Nihalani says, "Be it `Ardh Satya', `Deham' or `Rishtey', all my films start with the protagonists faced with a situation when they have to make a choice. And, when they finish doing it, the story ends".

"Dev" too is no different. For him, it is not necessary that the audience should agree with what is shown in the film, but at least should go home with the feeling that whatever happened on reel can also be real.

Though the man has many a project in mind, which he would like to give life to, the ultimate pleasure he has reaped from all his ventures so far, is from his tele-serial on the Great Divide, "Tamas".

"There is no question of pondering over the question. It is definitely `Tamas' that gave me enough creative satisfaction," he adds, sealing it with a mouthful of smile.

Agreed director, but let's wait for the turn of the year to see whether the masses agree with "Dev".

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