By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, August 03, 2007
There's a story behind how Anupam Kher got young writer Neeraj
Pandey to part with the script for Dosti Badi Cheez Hai.
This is the film Anupam will be directing in January 2008 in
collaboration with UTV.
Apparently, Pandey was very keen to direct the film himself.
Anupam heard the script while he was working with Neeraj on his
other film, Wednesday. "Bas, mera dil aa gaya. I wouldn't let
Neeraj be until he gave the film me. Throughout the making of
Wednesday I would badger Neeraj, until he finally relented," laughs
Dosti Badi Cheez Hai is, according to Anupam, "An
extremely fresh, youthful look at friendship and bonding in today's
context. The fact that Satish Kaushik and I are co-producing this
film (they've been close friends for over four decades) makes it
even more precious to me." The film stars Kher, Naseeruddin Shah
and Deepal Shah, with Mumbai's train blasts as the backdrop.