Filmmaker Amrit Sagar Chopra of 1971 fame is all set to tickle your funny bone with Rabba Main Kya Karoon this time
1971, his first film six years ago, won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It dwelt on the true story of Indian prisoners of war post the Indo-Pak war of 1971. “It was a very satisfying film,” says Amrit Sagar Chopra, grandson of renowned producer-director Ramanand Sagar, best known for his work in the mythological space. “But it took a lot out of me. It required a lot of detailing and mental strength as well. I lived the life of those POWs when I was directing the film and even after.” That’s the reason for his absence from the silver screen for quite a while and his comeback with a light-hearted romcom this August. “Well, I wanted to direct something light this time. I had been scouting for subjects and that of Rabba Main Kya Karoon appealed instantly,” he adds.
It was Amrit’s father producer-director Moti Sagar, who came up with the idea for the film. “Writer Aakash Kaushik and I then came up with a script around the seven days leading to a grand Punjabi wedding. It’s a commercial film that’s meant to be a family entertainer.”
Rabba Main Kya Karoon (RMKK) deals with the confusion of a young man (played by Amrit’s younger brother Akash) about to marry his childhood sweetheart (Tahira Kochchar). He is ‘advised’ by his elder brother (Arshad Warsi) that the foundation of a strong marriage lies in cheating on his wife at least once. In this endeavour, the elder brother is ably supported by three of his uncles — played by Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor and Tinnu Anand. “When I approached Arshad, my brief to him was that he’d have to play the Devil’s Advocate here. Even senior actors Tinnuji and Shaktiji agreed instantly because our family shares a great rapport with them. I wanted Pareshji also to be part of the cast and thankfully even he agreed given that he had to shoot for a limited number of days,” says Amrit. Veteran actor Raj Babbar plays the eldest uncle who is the conscience-keeper of the family. The film’s set-up is just right for his brother to make a debut with dance numbers and a wedding premise. “I never wanted any established stars for my film. Even in 1971, barring Manoj Bajpai, I had a host of newcomers. I always scout for new faces. Not just Akash, RMKK is even Tahira’s first film.”
It it difficult to explain the switch to comedy after the thought-provoking 1971. “When we expect our actors to showcase a variety of skills, why typecast directors? If I had done a serious film after a comedy, I would have been asked the same question. So it really doesn’t matter. The songs and the trailer of my film have already received a good response and I think the audience will respond positively to my film,” he says. To break free of any further stereotypes, the director has a horror film, a thriller, a biopic and a mature romance up his sleeve. One of these films will be directed by an associate director.