Promos of Aarakshan are out and one can see that this Amitabh Bachchan–Saif Ali Khan–Deepika Padukone affair is (thankfully) quintessentially volatile, as expected from Prakash Jha, especially after Raajneeti. Another reason that one heaves a sigh of relief is the fact that just one almost expected flying cars, sand dunes, hummers and lavish item numbers, courtesy the man at the helm of production – Firoz Nadiadwala – there is none of that in Aarakshan with Jha maintaining the kind of touch that his films are best identified for.
“It is a known fact that when Firoz Nadiadwala makes a film, there is a distinct stamp of his own regardless of the genre”, says an industry observer, “He loves ‘masala’, larger than life presentation, grandeur and an overtly lavish look to each and every frame of his films. Due to this quite, a few directors had to change their working style with few even ruing so-called interference.”
There are quite a few instances to substantiate the claim. Kartoos with Sanjay Dutt hardly ever looked like a Mahesh Bhatt film. Sanjay Gupta is hardly proud of Ram Shastra, Vikram Bhatt had to keep his dramatic sensibilities aside for Awara Paagal Deewana and Deewane Huye Paagal. Madhur Bhandarkar doesn’t even consider Aan – Men At Work as his own film.
“This is not all as it is a known fact that Priyadarshan was totally unhappy with item numbers included in Hera Pheri and Ahmed Khan did just what the doctor (read Firoz) ordered for Fool N Final. The only filmmaker who still managed to resist the temptation of Firoz’s template of filmmaking was Anees Bazmee when it came to making Welcome“, informs a source.
Though the genre (social and political drama) of Aarakshan didn’t quite warrant a cutting edge and stylish presentation, one still strongly misses a definite Nadiadwala ‘involvement’ and touch in Aarakshan as well.
“Well, none of that ever happened with me for Aarakshan“, says Prakash Jha, the man at the hot seat, in a matter of fact tone, “As a producer he signed me to direct the film and we initiated the project together.”
Did he fear any ‘over-involvement’ from his passionate producer, considering the fact that he had a huge cast to his disposal as well? “No”, says Jha, “I had a subject in hand for over five years. Firoz decided to produce it and the film was made in just the way it was envisioned. In fact Firoz never even came to the sets of the film.”