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    ‘Hat Trick’ is 2 hours of thrills, laughter and emotions – Milan Luthria

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Tuesday, March 06, 2007
    After months of planning and 45 days of principal shooting, director Milan Luthria continues to be busy as he gives finishing touches to his ‘Hat Trick’ while being engrossed in the film’s post production.

    In exclusive conversation, he shares with Joginder Tuteja about his shooting experience, entry of Kunal and Danny into the project and the bright future of Indian cricket team in upcoming World Cup.

    Your ‘Hat Trick’ is round the corner. How do you look back at the shooting experience?

    The way each of the actors has performed while understanding the finer nuances, it has been simply amazing. Now when I look back at the film, I am happy to see that people are laughing at the right places. This is because having an interesting script was not just a good starting point; it was also a challenge to have it unfold on screen.

    Second half especially has turned out to be quite fantastic and with a topical appeal to it, I am sure audience would be thoroughly entertained. Pritam too has come up with sensational music and has surpassed expectations. I am quite happy with the final results here.

    Kunal in the film’s cast is bringing some fresh vibes to the project.

    See, Kunal has been an old friend of mine. We know each other much before than movies happened for him. While he was focused on an image after ‘Rang De Basanti’, I felt that at this stage he needs to be working across genres. He should be doing some conventional romance, some comedy. That’s because pick up any of the popular actors and you would find them doing a lot of conventional stuff.

    And did he agree with you wholeheartedly?

    Yes, I believe so. That’s the reason you see him in ‘Hat Trick’ and come up with a spirited act. He trusted me, just like John did in ‘Taxi No. 9211’. People will be surprised at the different side of Kunal’s personality in the film here and his fan following in girls should only see an exponential rise.

    On the other hand you had a veteran like Danny on board

    Danny is someone who is very particular about scripts. This is why there were number of meetings held with him before he eventually agreed to play the role. Also, since the role was to be earlier done by Naseer saab, he was a little apprehensive. The two then talked over and Danny agreed to be a part of ‘Hat Trick’.

    ‘Hat-Trick’ has cricket as its base. Doesn’t it worry you that if the Indian cricket team doesn’t perform in World Cup, the prospects of your film may also be killed?

    I am quite optimistic here looking at the upswing our team is currently at. We were anticipating a revival all this while and as you can see; we have started performing better and better with every passing match. Same old Ganguly and Tendulkar who were worshipped earlier were being questioned at. And now with both striking good form, they are back in the reckoning.

    Yuvraj has come back from injury and started doing well right away while Zaheer Khan who was dropped from the team has been simply sensational ever since he returned to the squad. Whatever discord which was there between selectors/coach/team etc. seems to be sorting out off late while bringing in Vengsarkar has only worked to out advantage. So, ultimately we are fortunate that things have been working out for India in cricket.

    But you never know about Indian Cricket team?

    I am not overtly worried here. ‘Hat Trick’ releases on 16 March while the Super-8 for the World Cup would be decided around 12 days from then. By that time, I believe the film should have made enough money that India’s loss or win from that stage on won’t much impact the film’s collections.

    Great to hear happy stories about the film. Now why don’t you talk about the challenges you faced while filming ‘Hat Trick’?

    Outside the obvious challenge of shooting in cold, the other big challenge was to work with actors belonging to different temperament. Well, as we all know, Nana is eccentric. So you have to be with him differently. On the other hand Paresh is easy going and is quite spontaneous on sets. He doesn’t believe in preparing for a scene for very long. Kunal and Rimi are young and with them you have to deal patiently to plug in loose ends, if any. Danny hasn’t been on the sets for a while so for him, it took a while to adjust back to the shooting and sets. He required to be pampered a little.

    And what kind of pampering should the audience expect?

    [Laughs] I understand that a person who ventures into a theater does so to get entertained. And I can ensure that you would have a good time once the silver screen lights up. There would be 2 hours of thrills, laughter and emotions that should be a complete paisa vasool affair.

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