By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Producer Viveck Vaswani can never forget the support that he got from Shah Rukh Khan during the filming of the last leg of Dulha Mil Gaya schedule that concluded a few days back.
"Shah Rukh Khan is a true hero. He came to do a film for a friend when the city was burning. He had a huge release round the corner (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi) and there were quite a few odds against the film's shoot; still he made it possible", says Viveck Vaswani in a choked tone as he looks forward to filming the last song in February that would make Dulha Mil Gaya ready for release.
"While Shah Rukh Khan stood like a pillar of support, what the entire unit of Dulha Mil Gaya did for me was also simply unimaginable", adds Viveck.
"Sunil Patel - the DoP and Leela Chanda - the Art Director are the real heroes of the Shah Rukh schedule", he reminisces, "They did not sleep for 3 weeks non-stop. They were busy creating a luxury liner, the Port of Spain airport. They were shooting stunts while coordinating helicopters in the climax. They were putting up and dismantling sets even as they were working tirelessly like soldiers. This was commendable in the times when the city was burning with no transport, no trains, no autorickshaws, no shops open, no workers."
"Add to all of this a producer called Viveck Vaswani with barely enough money who was caught in the worst recession time in the industry", he chuckles, "Moreover, the industry too wasn't too kind even as it scoffed at me by stating that Shah Rukh Khan was no more a part of the film; he had walked out etc. etc. Some wish list here!"
He is also extremely happy with his choice of actors in the film, whether it is Sushmita Sen or Fardeen Khan.
"Whether it is Sushmita Sen or Fardeen Khan, they were always on my side. Not once did any actor come late on the sets. Not once did one actor come without lines learnt. Not one actor delayed production by a single minute. And how can I not talk about Mudassar Aziz, my film's director, the hero behind the scenes? He was shooting with a superstar called Shah Rukh Khan with limited time, limited resources, limited everything; and yet he made the film happen."
"There will be four premieres of the film - in Bombay, New Delhi (hosted by the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago), London (hosted by Angostura) and Port of Spain (hosted by CL communications, the production house which handled the Caribbean leg of the film). There are going to be huge plans for Dulha Mil Gaya ", concludes Viveck in an ambitious tone as his two year work on the film comes near to conclusion.