"My next film is on child abuse" - Rohit Jugraj

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By Joginder Tuteja,

His Superstar may not have done super-business at the box office but he was appreciated by many for his effort. Moreover, he did win the 'race' eventually as he was signed by none other than Abbas-Mustan for one of their upcoming productions. No wonder, Rohit Jugraj, who was written off my many wise men (and women) after Mohit Ahlawat starrer James, is keeping ultra busy.

While he is getting his cast in place for this Abbas Mustan production which is about 'female bonding' and has nothing to do with Charlie's Angels (in his own words). He is also gearing up for shooting a quickie. However, this won't be a full length feature film but a docu-drama which would be highlighting a burning issue - Child Abuse!

Confirms Rohit, "Sometimes one wants to make a film which is beyond commercial gains. My next film belongs to that category. It is a film which would make people aware about the ugliness in some segments of our society. It deals with the sensitive issue of child abuse."

From where did the film's idea come from? Is it a part of some initiative that he is directing this film, just like the way a few directors shot short films on AIDS awareness a few months back?

"Yes, this is a global initiative and I am the only filmmaker from India who is working on the project", says the soft spoken filmmaker, "It is not a film which would be restricted to Indian audience; it is designed as a project which would have a global appeal."

The film would be going on floors soon and would mainly feature newcomers/never seen before faces. "This film would feature entirely new cast. It is a conscious decision since the film's genre demands no preset image of any star or actor. The film's duration would be close to 30 minutes and I am having a great feeling getting the project in place since I don't have to worry about the commercial aspects here. Not just is the subject quite challenging, it is also very contemporary and I feel strongly about it."

Meanwhile what happens to his, errrr, Charlie's Angels inspired action thriller? Laughs Rohit, "I am still trying to figure out from where did these rumors originate. Let me say this yet again that my film with Abbas Mustan has nothing to do with Charlie's Angels.

"Gosh, some people even went ahead and finalized the star cast for me. Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen - Nice list of names but nothing which I can confirm. I guess we would have to wait before I can disclose the final cast. However, be rest assured that it would be an interesting set of names," signs off Rohit.

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