chat The Shahid-Kareena starrer ‘Milenge Milenge' releases today. harshikaa udasi

B oney Kapoor is a determined man. He knew he'd be able to release ‘Milenge Milenge,' which has waited for over two years to see the light of day thanks to the rift between its lead stars, Shahid and Kareena. ‘Milenge Milenge' (releasing July 9 in 1,200 screens worldwide) is the story of a couple, polar opposites, who meet each other in Bangkok and how they drift apart. Years later, destiny brings them face-to-face once more and creates hope that they might reunite. “Strangely it is their (Shahid and Kareena's) story. People are hoping this pair which had a wonderful chemistry might just come back together. I began making a love story four years ago and they happened to part ways. This definitely hurt my film but come to think of it now, I feel the publicity (though I could have done without the break-up) is a plus point for my film,” he smiles.

With portions of the film remaining to be shot and no promotional matter, ‘Milenge Milenge' remained in limbo till the actors decided to put aside personal differences and finish what was left. The producer maintains that it is the content of a pure love story with elements of misunderstanding and repentance that will be the crowd-puller. Yet he has put in a definitive marketing strategy which does not hinge on its lead actors, unlike most films.

Sridevi's comeback

After ‘Milenge Milenge,' Boney is releasing another waiting-in the-wings film, ‘It's My Life,' starring Genelia D'Souza and Harman Baweja. The man may be making the most of what he has, given the options, but hopefully his future movies might give him more leeway to show off his dynamism. In the pipeline are sequels of hits such as ‘No Entry' (titled ‘Be Positive'), ‘Mr India' (titled ‘Mr India 2') and ‘Wanted' (titled ‘Most Wanted'), besides a film with wife Sridevi. “I am roping in a new, very talented director for this one. We will make it a typical-Sridevi film which her fans are going to love!” he says of his wife's comeback.