By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Oct 15 (IANS) Composer-singer-actor Himesh Reshammiya says he will not attend the Abu Dhabi premiere of his second film "Karzzz" Thursday because it coincides with a special prayer at his home.
"I won't be attending the 'Karzzz' premiere in Abu Dhabi on the 16th. I can't help it. I'd love to be there. Why wouldn't I want to go? But my family pooja (special prayer) is on the same day. I can't skip the pooja for anything in the world," Himesh told IANS.
A remake of Subhash Ghai's 1980 hit "Karz", the film's premiere will be attended by director Satish Kaushik, Urmila Matondkar and leading lady Shweta Kumar.
"Reliance is distributing the film. They and my producers T-Series have huge release plans. Now all I have to do is to deliver a performance.
"I think Satish Kaushik has not tampered with the soul of the original 'Karz'. I know I'll be compared with Rishi Kapoor no matter how far removed I am from the original."
Himesh said efforts are on to get the original "Karz" star Rishi Kapoor at the premiere.
"We'd love to have him. He was kind enough to do the film's 'mahurat' shot. And he liked our music. I'm very curious to know his reaction to our 'Karz'. However, I'm glad we won't be photographed together. If that happens then no one will even look at me. I don't have the guts to share screen space with him."
Even Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Om Shanti Om", which was an indirect homage to Subhash Ghai's "Karz", had a guest appearance by Rishi Kapoor.
" 'Om Shanti Om' has the hero being reborn with the same face. In 'Karz', the reincarnated hero is born with a different face. The only similarity between the two films is reincarnation."
Himesh seems to think 'Karzzz' is going to take him to a different level.
"In my debut film 'Aap Kaa Surroor', I was playing myself. Now I'm playing a character totally alien to me. If I am an actor I better act well. My director Satish Kaushik is fortunately an actor. So he worked very hard on me. I think I've improved."
Apparently, Himesh has told Rishi