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Catch director Nikhil Advani's favourite movies

Nikhil Advani has not had a hit since his debut “Kal Ho Naa Ho” six years ago. His “Chandni Chowk To China” this year did badly, but the man has not lost his sense of humour.

While selecting five movies for UTV's ‘50 Movies To See Before You Die', the director picks out “The Fifth Element” (English, 1997), “Sonatine” (Japanese, 1993), “Invisible Waves” (Thai/English/Japanese/Korean, 2006), “Drifting Clouds” (Finnish, 1996) and “Twice Upon A Time” (French, 2006). Ask him why the predominance of dark themes for a person who is best known for comedies, he quips: “I am supposed to be in a dark mood at this time, right?”

Nikhil says his preference for filmmakers such as Takeshi Kitano (“Sonatine”) and Aki Kaurismaki (“Drifting Clouds”) arises from their love for brevity. “They believe in no-frills cinema. They also treat death with irreverence, which I absolutely admire. In ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho', I was criticised for treating death casually. But my idea was that it is incidental. We don't need to do too much around it,” he explains.

Nikhil is currently shooting for “Patiala House” with Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma. Catch Nikhil Advani's choice on ‘50 Movies To See Before You Die' every Thursday at 8.30 p.m.

HARSHIKAA UDASI

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