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I have no fallout with Subhash Ghai - Nagesh Kukunoor

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Courtesy: IndiaFM
Monday, March 06, 2006

"Making a movie is like preparing for a battle" says director Nagesh Kukunoor who belongs to real cinema. After giving a remarkable movie like Iqbal it was quite obvious that audiences expect something equally challenging from him now. Known for his unique style of dealing with realistic cinema, Nagesh has announced his next movie Dor (meaning String) with Sahara One Motion Pictures. IndiaFM spoke to the writer, director Nagesh Kukunoor about this film and his alleged fall out from Mukta Arts.

Film making is a challenge
Every time when I announce films, I feel a challenge for myself. After Iqbal I did not take any break rather I was working on the script of this movie. I wanted to come up with something equally challenging. I hope Dor will accomplish all the expectations that people expect from me.

Dor was never Ashayein
Dor was never Ashayein. Ashayein is my other film project, which is yet to start. As of now, I am concentrating on Dor. It's an emotional drama rather a visually dramatic film. It has three protagonists in the movie. Dor is inspired from a real life story of two women from Kerala. Their experiences inspired me to write a script. I have made some changes to make it interesting.

Real life inspiration
In a metaphorical sense this movie is about that invisible thread that binds two strong women. It's about two women protagonists, Zeenat and Meera, whose lives are quite parallel and how they connect to each other through a catalyst played by Shreyas Talpade. It's about how a woman goes in search of another woman to save her husband's life.

Ayesha fits the bill
It's not a woman oriented film rather it deals with three dominant characters while two of them are female protagonists. Actress Ayesha Takia and Gul Panag play the role of Meera and Zeenat. Gul is a fine actress. She has played quite serious roles in her other movies but Ayesha, though she deals with glamorous part of cinema, is accomplished for a different kind of role. I saw her movie Socha Na Tha and I think she is the one who fits the bill.

Shreyas: the surprise element
Shreyas is someone I would I always love to work with. He has tremendous potential as an actor. After Iqbal people thought that that Shreyas can't talk but my movie Dor will clear all misconceptions. He is a fun loving boy and quite outgoing personality. However his role in Iqbal was diverse to his personality. In Dor he plays a catalyst that brings these women together. He is the surprise element of the movie.

No fall out from Mukta Arts
A story is not a story without any controversy. But I would like to explain that I have no ill feelings for Mr Ghai. There is nothing as such, which media has reported. I am very much part of Mukta arts and will continue to work for them. I will be doing their next film. There was a false report about my fallout from Mukta.

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