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    "We had a lot of convincing to do for KKG" - Savita Hiremath, producer, KKG - I

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Wednesday, November 08, 2006
    Savita Hiremath - the lady who has taken us through a journey of our own house. A house which is middle class, has people like us, moments belonging to us and situations faced by us. Producer of this year''''s delightful success, ''''Khosla Ka Ghosla'''', she gets into a candid conversation with Joginder Tuteja to talk about how the film is similar to ''''Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'''' in some means, how it touched an emotional chord with the audience and what are her production company, Tandav Films, plans to tie up with international production/distribution houses.

    Thanks for giving us such a delightful film. This is what one calls a slice of life.

    Yes, thanks for that. This is what we had intended to make and aren't we glad that the final product turned out to be exactly what we wanted? And to think of it, we had to convince a whole lot of people before beginning work on the film. For a project like this which was truly different, meaningful and yet so entertaining, it was a new experience for a whole lot of people and we are now proud of the fact that 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' is a film that rates so high for everyone today. We wanted to give such entertainment to people which they could relate to, something which touches their emotion....their hearts.

    In fact one can't help and draw the comparisons while stating that this is a 'Jaane Bho Do Yaaron' of 21st century?

    Oh, you noticed that? I am so happy because when we started working on the film, this is what was always in the mind i.e. to come up with a satire that takes us straight from day to day life of a common man. Yes, we want to make commercial films for audience but then these films should be content driven rather than a star driven. Also, we were not hell bent ki chalo ek truly hatke film banate hain!

    Was it the sensitivity of the subject that really led you to make a movie like this?

    That's right. See especially in India, you would see people really-really touchy about owning a house. First they want a house, and then they want a big one and then a bigger one. Fine, they are interested in doing so but then is there any means that could guide them or handhold them into realizing such a dream. To think of it, there is not even a single official site in India from where people could know about the real worth/description of a property! I would say that just like most other things, a property should also have a simple registration number in addition to lots of other papers that a person is required to sign. But everything has been hunky dory and we all seem to be saying 'chalta hai'!

    So what could be the means that you suggest one could adopt?

    'Gandhigiri' could have been one and it is all fine too but in practical life one has to ascertain an actual situation before taking a call on how to handle it. Now look at 'Rang De Basanti'. It showed a lot of heroism while in KKG we took a different route. We demonstrated the fact that in an atmosphere where only a big fish can breathe easy, one has to fight back as a big fish too!

    You mentioned that 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' was meant to be a film that would touch people's hearts. Do you feel that has been accomplished?

    Of course yes, otherwise how could you explain mails from lakhs and lakhs of people that we have got. These are the people who saw the movie, are appreciating it, are giving is account by account brief of what they also experienced while searching for a house. Some are asking for suggestions while some are even coming up with a few! So, you know it has become a community sort of thing. There are forums being built on the internet where people are discussing their cases after going through something similar as in KKG. This has made us also work on a website which would address such issues.

    Oh really?

    Yes, a formal announcement for this website would be made soon but what I can tell you is that this would comprise of an elite panel made of choicest of people who would be there to answer a consumer's query and resolve their issues. There would be some lawyers who would give practical solutions to property related problems. There would also be a place in the website from where people could pass on their suggestions to the Ministers.

    Continued in Part II

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