By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Subhash Ghai is no stranger to the story of brothers in love. But here's a kahani mein new twist. The Showman who is back to direction to make one of his most expensive films says Yuvvraaj is a new interpretation of his Ram Lakhan theme.
"Ten years ago when I made Ram Lakhan, times were different. Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor played brothers who were ready to die for one another. Now Anil who was the chota bhai plays the eldest brother. Now the brotherly ties are more businesslike. I wouldn't say the sibling relationships are all about money. But commerce has definitely crept into our lives in a big way and it shows in Yuvvraaj."
A not-so-secret formula of Subhash Ghai's long-standing success is his ability to change with the times. "Makeovers are very important. We all have to do it." Yuvraaj is the first Subhash Ghai film with elements of classical western music. Ghai grew up listening to the musical classical greats from both India and the West. "Do you know when playback music was introduced into our cinema, Western classical music was also incorporated into. Look at 'Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh' in Shri 420; it's as jazzy as a Hindi song can get. Somewhere down the line, Hindi music lost its connection with Western music. I've tried to re-establish that connectivity in Yuvvraaj."
For the first time we get to hear the cello in a Hindi film. "My film opens with a long passage on the cello. Rahman, Gulzar and I sat over every note trying to get the music right. Yuvvraaj is my first full-fledged musical since Taal. And I can't think of anyone except A. R. Rahman who could've given me this score."
The elaborate choreography comes from years of Western influences. "I love watching Broadway shows, operas and theatre whenever I'm abroad. Those visuals have stayed with me .And I've used them in Yuvvraaj. Sadly today choreography is not what it used to be. When Vyjanthimala or Madhuri danced, the shooting went on non-stop for 7-8 days. Nowadays it's done in 2-3 days and the editing takes care of all the dance movements." The choreography in Yuvvraaj is inspired by the big extravagant musicals of the West. "I've poured my heart and art into making this film. I'd call it a musical in the truest sense. People are looking at the film as some kind of clutter-breaker. It's a responsibility that I'm not a stranger to such responsibilities."
Next, Ghai goes into a film starring Dilip Kumar. "Again, a huge responsibility. I've finished the first draft of the script. I'll get to work on that project as soon as Yuvvraaj is released."