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    Ashu Trikha: “Every film is a risk”

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Friday, June 16, 2006
    He began his directorial journey with Arjun Rampal, Diya Mirza starrer ‘Deewanapan’ that bombed at the box office. His next experiment of cashing-in on Neha Dhupia’s sexy image post ‘Julie’ failed as well when the erotic thriller ‘Sheesha’ failed to make any headway in spite of having sizzling scenes and Dress-Circle-Appeasing dialogues. Meet Ashu Trikha, the Special-Effects-guy-turned-director who is back once again with an unusual film ‘Alag’ that looks his best bet to fame. IndiaGlitz brings this exclusive interview on the day when ‘Alag’ is releasing worldwide.

    What’s so different about ‘Alag’?

    The screenplay and story of ‘Alag’ is completely different. You would have never seen a story like this where the presentation of the hero is completely different. In many ways it is different in terms of a normal mainstream commercial film but it is still within the parameters of the commercial entertainment.

    So many movies on the superhuman genre are releasing back to back like ‘Krrish’ and then ‘Superman’.

    ‘Alag’ is a superhuman film and I’ve seen ‘Superman’s’ earlier films also. Internationally superheroes are exploited to the kind of stuff that they can do. In ‘Alag’ we are trying to understand the heart of this man, his feelings, has he chosen to be a different person. Given a choice would he want to be what he is. That is what we are tackling. I don’t think internationally we tackle things like these.

    What is the basic story like?

    Story is about a boy who is basically electric in nature and who has got superhuman capabilities. When I say superhuman capabilities then I mean he has capabilities far beyond you and me. And when you have an individual who has got capabilities beyond a normal human being then he obviously becomes a centre of attraction. Everybody wants to know how can he do this. How far he can go. Then they start craving for him. He doesn’t want to be craved. But at the same time he wants to be accepted as part of you and me. The whole film is about acceptance.

    A bald guy is the hero of the film. It seems to be an experiment. How calculated a risk is this?

    When you make a film, it’s a risk. When you set out to tell a story, it’s a risk. I can tell you every single individual when they set out to make a film, they know it’s a risk. They don't know whether it will be accepted by the audience or not. The only thing every single individual involved in the film can do is bring honesty to the film and towards the filmmaking craft. So, ours was as risky as any other film. But to deviate from the standard cinema, then from my past experience I’ve learnt that the audiences are always yearning for different kinds of films. Now, how acceptable this experiment will be is anybody’s guess. We’ve made a very honest attempt and we would want people to come in and watch the film.

    A lot of special effects seem to have been used in this film

    There are fifty to fifty five minutes of special effects in the film and they are of international standards. Every single person involved in the team of special effects is completely Indian. There are no foreigners. I can proudly say that when people walk out of the cinema hall they will walk with their head held high for in India, Indians can achieve special effects of international standards.

    Music seems to have caught on slowly

    Music is haunting. The music may not be something that you latch onto immediately but if you keep on hearing to it, it keeps coming back to you.

    A love story has been woven in the film as well

    See, that’s the main thing. It is a love story, but it is a subtle love story. It has subtleties towards every single genre.

    What about Akshay Kapoor?

    I think Akshay Kapoor gave around fifteen sixteen screen tests. He has looked good. He has performed brilliantly. He danced really outstanding. His honesty towards his work is really endearing.

    Dia Mirza is not been featuring in main leads off late. But in your film she is the solo lead. Do you think it deters audience from relating to her as the main lead considering they’ve been seeing her doing item numbers and blink-and-miss roles?

    I very strongly believe that she has not gone the due. It’s time she got her due. She is a wonderful actress. She is a wonderful human being, a compatible person.

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