From teen romance to relationships

By Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama News Network

His directorial debut POPCORN KHAO! MAST HO JAO [2004] was a teenage love story, based on the popular comic book characters, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. His next film, TUM MILO TO SAHI, already complete, is a love story again, but depicts love in three different stages: The meeting of souls [Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia], the meeting of minds [Suniel Shetty, Vidya Malvade] and the meeting of hearts [Rehan Khan, Anjana Sukhani]. Director Kabir Sadanand sports a content look on his face as we sit for a tete-a-tete.

"I could've started another film after POPCORN; there were offers aplenty. But I didn't want to start a film for the sake of starting one, for the sake of being busy," Kabir says. The actor-director says it wasn't tough getting the cast in order. "I had narrated the script to Dimple almost three years ago. The fact that she agreed to wait till I had the project in place, speaks volumes of her faith in the script. Convincing Nana wasn't tough either. He loved the role and also the script in entirety. Nana hasn't portrayed a role like this before, to the best of my knowledge," Kabir says.

With Suniel, it was the other way round. Kabir had approached Suniel with the script a couple of years ago. There was no contact in between. Suddenly, one fine day, Suniel picked up the script, read its first four pages and immediately asked his manager to fix up a meeting with Kabir. "He was floored by the script," Kabir reminisces.

Although TUM MILO TO SAHI looks at three different stories, Kabir clarifies that the stories don't appear in an episodic format like SALAAM-E-ISHQ or METRO. "The three pairs connect with each other at several points. In fact, the stories are interconnected," he states. Incidentally, all three stories are picked up from real life. Kabir and his co-writers Rajen Makhijani and Sameer Siddiqui have modelled the characters around people they know and have interacted with closely.

Most directors often complain that it's tough to get the right producer to back their project, but Kabir feels he has the support of a thorough professional in producer Nikhil Panchamiya. "He has tremendous faith in the script and my abilities. He could've started any other film, but he chose this one. He keeps telling me, make it the way you had envisioned it, let's not cut corners," Kabir asserts.

Meanwhile, this writer had a glimpse of the promos of TUM MILO TO SAHI. While most promos feature the usual song-n-dance routine and you can't judge what the actual content is, the promos of TUM MILO TO SAHI emphasise on content, on relationships specifically.

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