In Passing - Focus on content

November 06, 2010 03:18 pm | Updated 04:30 pm IST

Abhay Deol.

Abhay Deol.

It was a fairytale story with a fairy-like character. But actor Abhay Deol realised, to his dismay, that content was certainly not king in this film. The discussion and point of interest focused strongly on the costumes of his co-star.

“I don’t think I’d like to do a film like ‘Aisha’ again,” says Deol who, for the moment, has sworn to concentrate on content. “That’s what the film is about and that is what should be discussed, all the rest is superficial.” He has also decided not to take any more chances and work “only with people I know”.

While looking at other offers, Deol is working on two more films. One is a thriller, while the “other is a period film. Let’s see who is willing to collaborate with me,” said Deol.

Quick rise

It was a small film that would probably have been lost in the rush that precedes new releases. But its catchy title made people curious and those die-hard film buffs who ventured to the theatre to see “Tere Bin Laden” came back aglow. They had discovered Ali Zafar. Not only does Zafar have the good looks necessary in tinsel town, he also has his comic timing pat. This young Pakistani singer is now in talks with some major producers for his next release. But Zafar insists that fame will not get to him. “I’ve seen how easy it can be to lose your innocence in the world of glamour. I consider myself more an artiste than a star. I am also a singer and am now waiting to release my next album.” Zafar added that, on the sets, he was a mazdoor, just like any other. What is his take on freedom of expression? “Everyone has a right to their opinions and ideologies. But eventually love can overcome all negativity, it may just take a little longer.”

Animated venture

With Bollywood being fascinated by 3D and animation, it was only natural that a blockbuster project would soon appear. Actor-filmmaker Deepa Sahi and her husband Ketan Mehta have produced “Ramayana –The Epic”, billed as India’s biggest animation film. “The difference,” according to Sahi, “is that I have used a mythological story. When the idea of an animated film came to us, we knew we had to do something different; something that nobody had seen on the screen. Mythology is always a good thing with the Indian audience.” Sahi and Mehta are more than satisfied with the results. “It took over two years but I am very happy with what has emerged. There was a lot of research but the more we read, the more we had to work on it.” Sahi is now trying her hand at directing a “fun romantic film”. Would she consider acting? “No way,” “ she shoots back, “I am okay being behind the lens.”

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