Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is bubbling with excitement. And why not? After all he is enjoying his association with Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva in ROWDY RATHORE and also getting entire machinery in place for the shoot of SHIRIN FARHAD KI NIKAL PADI (with Boman Irani and Farah Khan - who incidentally makes her debut as an actress) which goes on floor this month.
Even though there were talks of a fall-out with Farah Khan after their SAAWARIYA and OM SHANTI OM clashed with each other, Bhansali has not just resumed a friendly relationship with Farah Khan but is now also giving her a break as an actress, something that surprised her as well with SHIRIN FARHAD KI NIKAL PADI. Really, what happened there?
"Guess Farah ki yahan nikal padi," laughs Bhansali, "See, the film is titled SHIRIN FARHAD KI NIKAL PADI (it was earlier titled plain and simple SHIRIN FARHAD) and when you see the film, you would realize that Farah was just apt to play a contemporary Shirin here. Now this is one movie which is a comedy in the right sense of the word."
With so much happening in his professional life as a producer and his directorial outing just six months away (he confirms that come May and he would bring his own film on floors), Bhansali claims that he has never been more excited. No wonder, he has shaken hands with none other than Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva for ROWDY RATHORE, a film which is just not in his zone if one goes by his track record of films like DEVDAS, HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, BLACK and others.
"For that matter even MY FRIEND PINTO wasn't in my zone," says Bhansali, "See, these are different kind of films that I am attempting, something that I have never done before. Like Prabhu Deva is an entirely different kind of talent. On the other hand Akshay Kumar is a different kind of a star. Inherently though, both Prabhu as well as Akshay have this hardcore commercial bent of mind. They boast of this great track record of the work they have done over the years. Believe me, it's fun to be making films with them!"
Hope all this fun translates on screen as well.