"That was the idea", reveals the young man, "I am a romantic at heart but I am a fun loving guy as well. I needed a certain freshness to be brought on screen for my very first film and what better way than to start with a romantic comedy. The idea of a girl from Venus coming to Earth in search of love was so enticing that I knew I had to do it. Once I put my head down into the giving a concrete shape to the script, there were so many moments, whether funny or emotional, which came in that it was difficult to pick and choose between them."
Describing Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Thi as a film which is aimed at children and youngsters, Milap adds, "When I recall my school or college days, I remember that despite all the action flicks and family dramas around me, the ones that I enjoyed most during my dates or outings with friends were romantic comedies. Of course in 80s there weren't many such films being made but then as and when something good came, I lapped on to it."
The scenario has indeed changed today when romantic comedies are considered to be a safe bet with at least one film belonging to this genre hitting the screens month after month
Talking about the lead actors of JKSAH, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez, Milap says, "I am so glad that I found them both for my very first film. Riteish is a dear friend and we have been together since the days of Masti where I was the writer. There was some casting flip-flip around the leading lady of Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai but once I met Jackie, I knew she was the one. She had to be a part of my film. One can't find such a beautiful and loveable alien anywhere. She is out of this world. Well, literally!"
Tagging the film as an ideal date flick, Milap admits that he is quite positive about the box office performance of Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. "First and foremost it is the first of its kind love story between a boy from Earth (Riteish) and a girl from Venus (Jacqueline). Then, there is loads of comedy, music and romance! Also 9th April is lucky for Riteish and me as our first huge hit Masti had released on 9th April in 2004."
But isn't he bothered about competition from IPL? After all the T20 tournament would be heating up in a big way around the release of the film. "The important thing is to make an entertaining film. Years ago, Biwi No. 1 came during the World Cup and it was a super hit. Similarly Jannat too was a super hit during the first IPL. I always feel that a good film can do well during any tournament, be it IPL or anything else", he adds in a confident tone.
Also starring Ruslaan Mumtaz, Sonal Sehgal and Vishal Malhotra in principal roles, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai boasts of a plethora of guest appearance from Farah Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sajid Khan, Amrita Rao, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Vidya Balan. With music by Sajid Wajid and lyrics by Sameer, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is presented by Warner Bros and is a co-production of Nikhil Advani and Mukesh Talreja.
Writer Milap Zaveri has written either script or dialogues of films as diverse as Masti, Kaante, Jhankaar Beats, Naksha, Heyy Babyy, Musafir and also Housefull amongst a dozen odd films. However, when it came to making his debut as a director with Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, he decided to opt for a love story with dollops of humour and emotional moments embellished into it.