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Amitabh rates Dharma as best production unit
By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Karan Johar's next extravaganza "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" is ready with Amitabh Bachchan rating Johar's production company as "easily the best" in the country today.
"This is my second film with Karan. Most of my work is over. It's a different mature subject. It was nice to have Abhishek with me again. We play father and son once more after 'Sarkar'," Amitabh told IANS.
Amitabh says Dharma Productions is one of the best film-producing units in Bollywood.
"Karan's is a very organised production unit. Everything was in place. Karan never gets on the floors until he is absolutely sure. Now that his father is no more I think Karan wanted to make doubly sure nothing was out of place.
"His mother was in New York with us throughout. We were very well looked after. He does his homework very well. Karan's is easily the best production company in the country today."
Amitbah describes "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" as a story of marital relationships. Apart from Amitabh and Abhishek, the film also stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta.
"I play adviser and friend to Abhishek. Abhishek and I were seen earlier in 'Bunty Aur Babli' and 'Sarkar'. Karan takes us into an entirely different territory. I think Karan is trying something entirely different here. It was a very relaxed young unit."
About his look in the film Amitabh said: "Since this is a very young film, Karan and Manish Malhotra wanted to work out a very trendy look. I think their styling is terrific.
"Current trends have been duly incorporated. My character is very relaxed and easygoing with life. I liked playing that.
KANK - a modern day atypical romance
New Delhi, Aug 8, Moving away from candyfloss romances and
happily ever after tales, Karan Johar returns to the marquee
this Friday after almost five years with his hugely anticipated
multistarrer "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" that takes off from where
most films begin.
What after the couple walks into the sunset? That is what Johar
attempts to explore here with his take on modern day
Johar is definitely treading an unknown path with the film,
which has all his favourite stars -- Amitabh and Abhishek
Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta. The
risks are high, but trade pundits say Johar understands the
psyche of his viewers and his rather unusual film won't
This is his third directorial venture after "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai"
and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham", both of which were big hits. He
has tried to do something different in this one, which is
extensively shot in New York.
The film focuses mainly on Shah Rukh and Rani, who are married
to different people and are convinced that they are happy -
until they meet each other.
The story goes something like this:
Dev (Shah Rukh) is a professional footballer, but becomes
handicapped in an unfortunate incident. But his wife Rhea's (Preity
Zinta) career is on an upswing. They have a
son, Arjun. Dev's physical disability and failed career start to
affect his married life.
He doesn't get any help from his mother Kamaljeet Saran (Kiron
Kher), who loves her son but usually supports Rhea when it comes
to giving advice or voicing her opinion.
Then there is Maya (Rani), a teacher married to her closest
friend Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan), who works as a PR consultant.
They pretend to be a happily married couple.
Rishi's father Sam (Amitabh Bachchan) is a fun-loving man and
his life revolves around his son and daughter-in-law.
It is in this hustle-bustle of daily domestic life that Dev and
Maya bump into each other. After a few meetings, they become
conscious of a strong connect. They continue to meet and
eventually fall in love, inevitably causing complications in
their married lives.
Their relationship makes them look at their respective marriages
with a new perspective. How they deal with this new development
forms the crux of "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna".
The film has an atypical love story, good music and bankable
stars - is Johar going to strike gold again?
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