Nishikant Kamat puts Abbas Mustan on hold to make a light hearted entertainer
By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Abbas-Mustan will have to wait. After the Marathi Dombivali Fast and its Tamil version, and now the edgy-of-the-railway-seat Mumbai Meri Jaan, Nishikant Kamath has decided to take a break from serious socially-conscious cinema.
The Hindi version of Dombivali Fast which Kamath is supposed to helm for producer Abbas-Mustan has now been put on hold, as Kamath has decided to make a light frothy film.
"Why not? I can have fun too. And believe me, making a credible escapist entertainer is not easy," says Kamath. Interestingly, Kamath has traveled a strange route to Hindi cinema. He first made a widely-accepted Marathi film Dombivali Fast with Sandeep Kulkarni in the lead. which he remade into Tamil as Yenavu Oruvan with the Madhavan in the lead. "I didn't know a word of Tamil. But Madhavan was keen. And he knows four languages English, Tamil, Hindi and Marathi. So he was my right-hand man all through the making of Dombivali Fast's Tamil version."
In fact, Kamath was all set to make another Tamil film launching Kamal Haasan's daughter Shruti with Madhavan. "But the script didn't materialize at the right time. So I focused on my first Hindi film. Now I'm committed to make Dombivali Fast in Hindi for Abbas-Mustan. But I'm in no mood to do another serious social critique."
Kamath is now in the process of writing his first light-hearted film. Will it feature Madhavan again? "We're very close friends and collaborators. If I had my way I'd want him in all my films," says Nishikant Kamath.
Is he aware that two other films, Neeraj Pandey's Wednesday and Joy Augustine's Little Godfather, on the train blasts are being readied? They both aimed at a July 11 release. But couldn't be complete on time.
"I'm not aware of these," replies Kamath quietly. “Like I said my film isn't about the explosions. It's about the aftermath of a national tragedy. There're five characters Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, K K Menon, Irrfan Khan and Paresh Rawal in different episodes coping with the tragedy. Mind you, Mumbai Meri Jaan could've been set after any storm, hurricane and earthquake…so the explosions are a backdrop."