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 Anupam.
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.