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What happens to an on-screen couple in love after the film is over? It seems filmmaker Kunal Kohli won't make us wait for a sequel to get an answer.
For Break Ke Baad, the film Kohli is producing with Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan in the lead, the team recently shot an additional epilogue, after the screenplay had its say.
Explains Kunal Kohli, "When I made Hum Tum, everyone wanted to know what happens to Saif and Rani after THE END. Do they live happily ever after? I've lost track of how many people have suggested a sequel to Hum Tum. That's something I won't do. Why go back to a film when there're so many virgin stories waiting to be broken into?"
What Kunal would henceforth do is add an "after-story".
"In Break Ke Baad, we've shot a story beyond the screenplay narrating a small improvised screenplay about the life that Deepika and Imran lead after the film is over. I could be using the same device in my other films in future if the characters seem to have a life after the film."
Last week, Kohli and his Break Ke Baad director Danish Aslam also shot a music video which was initially cut down by Kunal Kohli. But the director and his lead pair Deepika and Imran insisted on it.
Says Kunal, "I really didn't want to do a music video. I was the first one to do music video in our films for Hum Tum. But now everyone is doing it. So I was against doing one in Break Ke Baad."
What convinced Kunal were the lyrics. "I wanted a song about separation. But I didn't want the words, 'Break Ke Baad'. Prasoon Joshi came up with such a wonderful line. 'Dooriyan Zaroori Hai'. I was like, wow! All our love songs talk about separation being not worth considering. And separation was seen as important in every relationship. Every relationship needs space. I liked that concept."
The music video would be part of the newly-shot epilogue in Break Ke Baad.