"I liked the second half of BAH more than the first half" - Siddharth Anand

By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Bachna Ae Haseeno has turned out to be a success and finally Yash Raj Films has a project that has brought the production house some decent critical as well as commercial acclaim. The young man responsible for that? Siddharth Anand, who previously has made Salaam Namaste and Ta Ra Rum Pum for the production house.

Before the release of Bachna Ae Haseeno, there was tremendous pressure on the youngster to deliver a successful film. After all YRF was going through it's leanest patch if one looks at the current decade and was reeling under the failure of four back to back films - Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Tashan, Aaja Nachle and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Moreover, Siddharth too had a point to prove because even though Ta Ra Rum Pum was a reasonable success, the general perception in the industry and the common man was that it had failed.

Says a source close to Siddharth, "Siddharth made Bachna Ae Haseeno with full 'khunnas' and that's something which is visible in each and every frame. He was so extra cautious about what he wanted to present in the film. He knew that he had some great locations, chartbuster music and fantastic set of actors at his disposal but he wanted the film to be true at heart. He wanted to convince himself first before he shot even a single scene. He challenged the relevance of each and every shot before it was canned."

No wonder, Siddharth was quite surprised when certain reviews called the second half of his film a drag. Moreover, what disappointed him further were some unnecessary comments from a section of trade which were not giving Bachna Ae Haseeno it's due even when it made money for everyone involved and eventually turned into a success.

"It is sad that some people out there are still finding it difficult to digest that Bachna Ae Haseeno has worked at the box office. It's collections in the first week are some of the best we have seen in last couple of years. Moreover, the second week has remained stable as well in spite of the fact that Singh Is Kinng has still not gone anywhere. In spite of coming just a week after the Akshay-Katrina starrer, my gang of Ranbir, Bipasha, Deepika and Minissha has managed to hold on their own", says Siddharth with a glee.

How about complaints around the second half being not as impressive as the first half? "Well, you can't really help such things. People do have opinions though I read these things only in newspapers. I am yet to find people who are severely dispassionate about the second half. I guess the balancing act between the light hearted and emotional portions between the two halves has been quite fair. If the second half would have got so much of rejection, as some reports want us to believe, then the film wouldn't have carried on its good run for so long. Touch wood! And if you ask me, seriously speaking I personally like the second half more than the first half", declares Siddharth.

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