By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Anil Kapoor is glowing and he attributes it to the incredible
feedback his first film as producer, Gandhi My Father, has
garnered. "It's overwhelming the way critics and audiences have
reacted to the film. Although I released the film on 3rd August, I
expect the box-office numbers to actually takeoff from 10th August
onwards. A film like Gandhi My Father takes time to grow," Anil tells me.
Meanwhile, the enthusiastic and enterprising producer is ready
to start his second venture. This one's a complete departure from
his first film. The new project, a laughathon, is called
Shortcut and stars Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita
Rao [Vivah] in principal roles. Neeraj Vora, who scripted a
number of Priyadarshan comedies and had also directed Phir Hera
Pheri, is directing Shortcut.
Anil acting in Shortcut? Fine, he couldn't fit into the role
of Mahatma Gandhi or Harilal Gandhi in Gandhi My Father, but
he could've essayed a pivotal role in Shortcut. "I've signed
two films as an actor -- Subhash Ghai's Yuvraaj and Yash
Raj's Tashan -- and the dates were clashing with
Shortcut. Now that I've floated my production house, I
didn't want to put Shortcut on hold to accommodate my acting
commitments. That's the reason I am not acting in it," he
While on Gandhi My Father, the international version will
be released at a latter date. For those who're unaware, the film
has been shot in two versions simultaneously -- Hindi and English.
While the Hindi version has released in India and abroad, the
English version will follow later. "Kishore Lulla [Eros] and I will
take a call on that sometime later," he states.