As Bhojpuri film Tum Hamar Hau (You Are Mine) made it to theatres this week, producer Kamal Rashid has many a claim to make. It is the most expensive Bhojpuri film ever made. "The budget is Rs.2.5 crores when normally the budgets don't cross 60-70 lakhs. We have shot in Goa and Malaysia, another first for a Bhojpuri film. It is also the first time that both the superstars of Bhojpuri cinema Manoj Tiwari and Ravi Kishan are acting in the same film with Nagma, who is the reigning superstar." Talking of his casting coup, Kamal relates, "Ravi and Manoj once acted in Ganga but there they were part of parallel tracks with no opportunity to put them in the same frame. Both wanted to work together just once. Fortunately they chose my film."
The inspirationThe film is inspired by the Bollywood thriller Darr. "Taking the Bhojpuri film out of villages we have given it a contemporary feel. The plot is set in Patna where Ravi is a rickshaw driver. His character is inspired by Shah Rukh's in Darr. He is passionately in love with Nagma, who has just passed out of college. Manoj's role is taken from Sunny Deol's character. He is playing an Additional Commissioner of Police." But Darr is also remembered for being the last time a Deol worked in a Yash Raj banner for Sunny felt he didn't get a fair deal in the script. "Yes, Manoj also expressed his apprehensions, but it's not a copy all the way. He has seen the final print and he is satisfied." Kamal shares Darr didn't have any villain, but here he himself is playing the bad man. Kamal started his career with a Hindi film Sitam, where also he was the villain. "I love playing the grey shades because it is only the villain who keeps the hero on the tenterhooks till the end, no matter what happens during the climax."A native of Deoband in Western Uttar Pradesh, Kamal's real life story is also quite like a Bollywood script. "Like many others I also ran from my home to Mumbai to become a hero. It could not materialise so I started a garment and construction business. After establishing myself, I felt why not spend on something, which is my first love"His next Bhojpuri film Munna Pandey Berozgar, again with Manoj Tiwari, is ready for release. "I believe it would do better for it is more rooted to the social structure in the region. Here again I am playing a villain inspired by Abu Salem. Then I am producing two big-budget Hindi films with Ketan Mehta and Ahmad Khan."ANUJ KUMAR