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Something old, something new, been there, done that

Anubhav Sinha... .lonely no more after "Tum Bin". Photo: S. Arneja.

THERE WAS no chance of his inherent creativity bursting forth when he was pursuing mechanical engineering. So he decided to bid adieu to this profession and jump into film-making. Anubhav Sinha has trudged a long distance, and the manifestation of his ambition can be judged by the fact that he assisted Pankaj Parasher in the movie "Rajk Kumar" after making dozens of advertisement films and music videos of singers like Daler Mehendi, Sonu Nigam and Pankaj Udhas. Anubhav says that his entry into the tinsel world was not by accident but by design as he deliberately settled in Mumbai so that some prospective producer could tap his unique ability of directing, scribbling dialogues and producing hardbound script for actors. His directorial venture, "Tum Bin" proved successful and now the director is also bearing the production cost along with Bhushan Kumar, in "Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai".

The film is slated for release this Friday. He is cock-a-hoop that he has given a hilarious interpretation to the Indian tradition of the bride leaving her father's home after marriage.

"This is the first film which shows such an emotional event in a humorous way. The distraught father cannot reconcile to the fact that his only daughter would be leaving him for good following her decision to get married to her heartthrob."

Anubhav had polished the histrionic skills of Priyanshu in "Tum Bin" and decided to repeat him. "Unlike his contemporaries he is not signing films at the drop of a hat but only meaningful ones." Versatile Om Puri's potential was evident when Anubhav directed "Sea Hawks" for UTV.

"Om doesn't like Priyanshu a bit. In one scene Om Puri's flunky says that even if the groom was the best he could get as son-in-law he would have still rejected him as the latter was taking away his daughter. Some continuity of my craft is evident in this film but it hasn't been a conscious decision. Priyanshu is playing a romantic prankster."

And he didn't want his imagination and directorial proficiency restricted to the small screen. So it's back to the silver screen. But Anubhav steadfastly refuses to accept that his latest film has been borrowed from "Father of the Bride" or that the character of Om Puri, who plays the father and makes rib tickling jokes, is similar to Hollywood comedian Steve Martin's role in that film.

Aapko pehle bhi kahin dekha hai? No, says the director, this is all new fare.


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