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    “No Pets in My Latest Film,” says Sooraj Barjatya

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Thursday, November 09, 2006
    “I want to present Salman, the actor rather than Salman the star,” says Sooraj Barjatya, the original guru of Karan Johar as far as family films are concerned. The maker of super hits ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, Sooraj’s last film ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’ didn’t do magic at the Box Office. But he is hopeful about his next release ‘Vivah’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao. And no, there aren’t any pets in the film he says. Over to an IndiaGlitz exclusive:

    What is your cinematic idiom all about?

    My films mainly revolve all around relationships. When we are talking about relationships then marriage, twenty fifth marriage anniversary, birthdays etc are the occasions when people come together and celebrate. In ‘Hum Apke Hain Kaun’ we celebrated love out of the ceremonies involving marriages. I was appreciated. And I aim to continue churning out family oriented entertaining films related with culture and values of the country.

    A journey from engagement to marriage….Why this tag line?

    It so happened when this story was selected then it was about love after engagement. In my earlier films, love just happened but here I got an opportunity to experiment with love where you have the acceptance from parents to meet up etc. but it gave me an opportunity to present that love from engagement to marriage.

    How is this Prem different from your earlier films?

    It is the same…He is shy, confused at times, respects his parents…From characterisation perspective it is the same but since I wanted a younger Prem, I got Shahid to do it for me. Only body language is that of Shahid but the character is the same.

    Why did you choose Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao?

    I required new faces. I needed faces which haven’t been imprinted with a past. I needed innocence. When I realized I shouldn’t get new faces as the role requires good actors then I thought of Shahid and Amrita. I had liked Shahid in ‘Fida’ and Amrita in ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’. I saw my characters in them hence they were selected.

    How challenging was ‘Vivah’ as a director?

    I believe that the more homework a director does, the more at ease will be the atmosphere at the sets. I try and make a scene as natural as possible. My homework is always to the point. During ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ I was a bit edgy but gradually I realized that the most important aspect is a comfort zone on location. I tell al my artistes to sleep for eight hours before coming on sets and feel beautiful. For it reflects.

    Your music has always been appreciated….

    Music has always been important in my films. I will never put an item number just for the heck of it. Situation is king for me. People asked me why I chose Ravi ji, but I felt my film required his kind of music. I wanted a lyrical quality that’s why we have western classical and folk music of UP incorporated in the film. I am sure people will like the film once it is released.

    Salman Khan recently said in an interview that three most important films of his career are ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya Hai’, ‘Hum Apke Hain Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’…From a family image perspective…When will you two work again?

    Thank you very much….we started our career together. We used to hang out of his house thinking what if ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ doesn’t make it big. He may have been an actor while I may have been assistant somewhere. He is a big star today and I have made five films. Now, I want to present Salman, the actor rather than Salman the star. I have five six projects, and the day I get a script that really moves me we shall start the film.

    Jacket of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ and the sari of Deedi Tera Dewar Deewana set a trend in clothes….Any repeat of the same effect in ‘Vivah’?

    I never thought from this perspective that I would set a trend. As a maker I should feel proud of what I am showing to others. For me charaterisations are more important than clothes or camera angles.

    Pigeon in ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, Pamarian dog in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, parrot in ‘Main Prem Diwani’….Any pets in ‘Vivah’?


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