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Sssshhh... Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye

He has never screamed from the rooftops. But with "Sssshhh", small-screen man Prem Kishan is sure to make his presence felt on the big screen, says ANUJ KUMAR.



Prem Krishan undertakes a nostalgia trip in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium.

HE IS the original Prem of the Rajshri Films. Prem Kishan whose debut film "Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye" resulted in the revival of fortunes of the banner however, failed to establish him as a star. But this son of Prem Nath and Bina Roy was destined to chart a new medium to success; a medium though small had immense potential waiting to be tapped. Prem crafted Cinevistaas and we all know the growth of TV and his company can't be seen in isolation. When Doordarshan was popularising literature, he flooded the drawing rooms with "Kathasagar", when Kashmir was on fire, Prem preached peace with "Gul Gulshan Gulfam" and when the other woman started to make her daily visit in the living rooms Prem passionately presented "Junoon". But Prem says this romance with the public broadcaster is now over. "We shot `Knock Out', a game show after getting approval from the concerned officials. We signed Kabir Bedi to host the show. But when we took the pilot to the same officials they rejected, terming it gambling. This is ridiculous. We lost huge sums. The case is in court."

Now it is time to move on and Cinevistaas is silently crossing to the celluloid with "Sssshhh... "

"Actually we made our entry with `Yeh Mohabbat Hai', which we co-produced. This is our first solo. The plot is a thriller keeping in mind the young metro audience." But the strange title? "It owes its origin to our serial "Sshh Koi Hai... ". In fact, this is an attempt to put my team on big screen. The director Pavan S. Kaul has directed a number of serials for us and same applies to the other crew members."

Any way the film is making news for Tanisha's debut, the latest from the Samarth clan. "Yes, she has performed really well and media should not compare her with Kajol, as she has a style of her own." But no place for Akanksha, does the father doubt the commercial viability of his daughter after the failure of "Yeh Mohabbat Hai"? " No, She didn't fit in the role. She is busy with Rahul Rawail's `Is Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon' and `LOC'."

Prem is also trying to revive the studio culture in Bollywood by starting a new studio in Powai. "I have grown up hanging out in R.K Studio but today there is no studio with the latest equipments. Either people have to go to Hyderabad or have to work with `chalo kaam nikaal lo' type attitude. I am trying to fill this void."

After thriller, Prem is ready with police and corruption dose in "Garv" directed by Puneet Issar, starring Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty.

ANUJ KUMAR

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