Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Sanjay Gandhvi, who's ready with his latest release "Kidnap", might have parted ways with Yash Raj Films after the successful "Dhoom" series, but the director says he owes it all to the Chopras, for whom he will hold a special screening of his new film.
Gandhvi is upbeat about the Imran Khan starrer "Kidnap" and wants to show the film to his mentor Aditya Chopra.
"After the screening for the cast and crew I'll hold a special show at Yash Raj Studios for Yashji and Adi. And as a sign of respect I also gave the first CD to them. I am what I am because of them. I go to the Yash Raj office every fortnight to have lunch and hang around. They send me CDs of all their films. I'm in touch with Uday and Aditya," Gadhvi told IANS.
Releasing Thursday, the film also stars Sanjay Dutt and Minissha Lamba.
Gadhvi's "Kidnap" will clash with Abhishek Bachchan's "Drona", an actor who many feel got a raw deal in "Dhoom 2". Much water has, however, passed under the box office bridge since then and Gandhvi feels that there is room enough during the festive season for two biggies at the box office.
"We have a four-day weekend starting with Thursday when we're both releasing. And then they're two completely different kinds of films. Earlier, we've had two films on the same day doing well -- 'Gadar - Ek Prem Katha' and 'Lagaan', for example. Besides it's Eid. Everyone releases films on Friday. We're releasing on dry day. We were supposed to release in August but were pushed forward," Gadhvi said.
Minissha was cast in Yash Raj's "Bachna Ae Haseeno" after she started shooting for Gadhvi's "Kidnap".
"I was at Yash Raj's office once. And Adi asked me how she was. The next thing I knew she was cast in a Yash Raj film," said Gadhvi.
After the release of "Kidnap", Gadhvi intends to take a break. "I feel burnt out. I haven't had a break in 19 years. I live with my parents. I've a wife and kids. The children are not brats, fortunately."
Gadhvi's father is a Gujarati filmmaker.
"He has made two Gujarati films both with music by Kalyanji-Anandji. I grew up in their house with Kalyanji bhai's son Viju Shah. We Gadhvis are a community of storytellers. I hope I've done a good job of it in 'Kidnap'."