Krantiveer, once more!

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By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, April 16 -- I haven't cast Jahan (Bloch) in the lead because she is my daughter, she just fitted the character beautifully, better than anyone else I know," says Mehul Kumar, the director of Krantiveer-The Revolution, a sequel to his 1994 blockbuster Krantiveer, toplining Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia.

When asked why he hadn't cast Patekar and Kapadia in the sequel, he says that though the actors aren't present in the movie "physically", they are there in "spirit". He elaborates, "You'll find their angst against the flawed system in the protagonists of this film. My daughter plays Nana's daughter in the film and has inherited the traits of his character."

Hasn't the sequel been in the making for a long time? Kumar admits that it has but says that is partly to do with his initial hesitation. "A decade ago, sequels and remakes were not the order of the day. They didn't work as commercial films. So Krantiveer 2 was a risk. That's why I didn't remake it immediately," he explains. "Now, encouraged by the success of recent sequels, I think I can pull it off."

Krantiveer-The Revolution talks about ways the media can make or break and its pivotal role in making or marring the system. Sounds familiar? Wasn't Ram Gopal Varma's Rann along the same lines? Kumar dismisses Rann as a "dry film". His film, he points out, touches on the problems of the middle class and the role of the youth in bringing about social change through the media. "That's the reason I decided on a young cast," he reasons. Kumar insists that his film has the necessary elements to ensure its box office success. "But even after three decades in the industry and close to 40 films, I still can't predict if a film will be a hit or a flop. I have my toes and fingers firmly crossed."