With DIL HAI TUMHAARA having met with a fairly decent response, Mumbai distributors Tips and Rajesh Thadani are now looking forward to their next release in Mumbai, GUNAAH. According to Kumar Taurani, the audiences that had made RAAZ a great success are eagerly looking forward to watching the same pair – Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea – on screen again.
Taurani is not anxious about the simultaneous release of SHAKTI and GUNAAH. "The two films have a different feel and both are eagerly anticipated. I don't think they are likely to cut into each other's business," he says. According to Taurani, he had requested both the producers (Boney Kapoor, Mukesh Bhatt) to reschedule their releases. "But it was up to them to take a decision," he says.
Producer Mukesh Bhatt, however, feels that the two films are bound to cut into each other's business. "The audience will be divided," he says. The general feeling in the trade is that the music of GUNAAH hasn't caught on as well as the music of RAAZ. But Mukesh Bhatt maintains that the music is a sell-out. "Sony has sold more than 1 million cassettes of the film. What is important is that the music should work for the film," he says.
NO FALLOUT WITH N.S.
Meanwhile, Bhatt has dispelled rumours that Vishesh Films have fallen out with Nadeem-Shravan. The rumours first began to surface when Vishesh Films signed Anand Raaj Anand to score the music of GUNAAH, though RAAZ was a huge success. More lately, they once again gathered momentum when Vishesh Films and Anu Malik joined hands to work together after a very long time. "Just because we are not doing films together doesn't mean we have parted ways. It's like saying that we are no longer on good terms with Vikram Bhatt because Amol Shetge (GUNAAH) is directing a film for us," adds Bhatt.
HEROINE-ORIENTED FILMS AREN'T EASY TO MAKE
Making heroine-oriented films may well be a director's prerogative, but director Kalpana Lajmi maintains that it is far more difficult than it sounds in a male-driven industry. Over the past few months, Lajmi has been struggling to get her dream project planned, before it goes on the floors. Two top actresses who have heard the script – Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu – have endorsed the film. But the stumbling block, she claims, is its heroine-oriented theme.
Every financier she has approached so far has insisted on having a top male star in the film and Kalpana's problem is that no male star is unlikely to come forward, considering that the role of the hero has shades of grey. "It is a disappointing state of affairs, where the market does not give you the freedom to make a heroine-oriented film. Why can't we be more experimental in our approach?" she asks.
Kalpana is now looking for a suitable and known face as the hero, who will be supported by the distribution and financial market. We wish Kalpana's dilemma gets resolved soon!