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After lying low for quite some time Anees Bazmee is suddenly the man of the moment. He has two lined up what looks like two extremely exciting films that will release in 2017. While producer Gaurang Doshi announced that Aankhen 2 will hit the screens on Diwali next year, Mubarakan is scheduled to go on floors in November and release on July 28, 2017. We spoke to the director to know more about the films.
Mubarakan looks promising. Could you tell us about it?
The story of Mubarakan really impressed me. Plus I have worked with Anil Kapoor and Arjun is a friend too. This is the first the uncle-nephew duo will be seen on screen and it is indeed exciting. The producers Murad and Ashwin are also friends, and now Sony is a part of it. All these put together, it is one film I would say is high on ambition.
You have two films lined up back to back – Aakhen 2 and Mubarakan. When will you shoot the two?
Aankhen 2 will start soon. Mubarakan goes on floor in November and Aankhen 2 we are looking at a Diwali 2017 release. We have a couple of more surprises planned in terms of the cast that will be revealed soon. We will announce two big names.
There have been a lot of reports about you approaching different actors for Aankhen 2, but nothing working out.
These are mere rumours. We have officially never spoken about the film before the launch event. I think the film has changed in a lot of ways. Today if you want to work with someone, there are two ways to go about it. First is, you pick up the phone and talk to the person directly. Second is by creating rumours.
Is it true that you approached Katrina Kaif for Mubarakan, but she backed out as the film has Arjun Kapoor who she considers a brother?
I have not approached her. And I don’t think my producer approached her as well. She is a very dear friend of mine and we have worked on two beautiful films with her, Welcome and Singh in Kinng. We had such a beautiful song during Singh Is Kinng. If I ever need her for a role I will definitely approach her and I know I won’t have to try too hard to convince her. She will understand that if Anees has approached her with a role, it will be a good one. People like Katrina, Ajay (Devgn) are ones I will never have to try hard to convince. They are my friends and have full faith in me.
You started as a writer before turning a director.
Yes, I am basically a writer. I started as a writer and am still one. In Aankhen 2, I am getting credited as a writer and also paid for it. Mubarakan was already written by someone when it came to me and I add whatever I can free of cost, without credit.
Would also write films for other directors?
No. Because I believe writing is the most difficult job. It is like getting into a dark tunnel when you have no idea how far the end of the tunnel is. I am happy to direct more as I get older. Writing is a job that needs too much of isolation. A blank paper can scare you more than a ghost. When a film works the the primary reasons are a good script, a good script, and a good script.
And yet writers don’t get paid well.
I think it is a great tragedy of the film industry that writers don’t get as much money and respect.
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