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"Naqaab is a romantic thriller and does not have any similarity with Humraaz" : Abbas-Mustan

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By: Reshma Kelkar, IndiaFM
Friday, June 22, 2007
Abbas-Mustan are miffed with rumours that their latest thriller Naqaab is similar to their 2002 release Humraaz. Mustan defends, "Naqaab is a romantic thriller and does not have any similarity with Humraaz as is being speculated. It has it's on own mystery which we have tried to solve through three prominent characters. Bobby Deol and Akshaye Khanna are in prominent roles and since We are directing this movie people have this feeling that Humraaz and Naqaab are same. But once these three characters will be revealed onscreen, you will know what is happening, why is it happening and for what is it happening? Naqaab has shaped up totally different from Humraaz."

The director-duo has already started working on their next film Race which happens to be their most star-studded film so far featuring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy and Anil Kapoor in lead roles. The other brother from the director duo reveals, "Race was supposed to start in January but before that Ramesh Taurani offered us Naqaab. Akshay had already committed for this project and since it was a romantic thriller Mr. Taurani wanted us to work on it. We liked the subject and decided to work on it. We had already worked with Bobby Deol and Akshaye Khanna during Humraaz and we get along well. Besides, they could manage the dates easily. We would have opted for Amisha in Naqaab but then it would have looked like Humraaz sequel. We wanted someone who didn't have any particular image as such and whom people won't anticipate in that role. I remember during Gupt, Kajol didn't have any negative image but she did pull off that character so well."

Speaking about their favorite actors Akshaye Khanna and Bobby Deol, Mustan says, "Our last film with Bobby was Humraaz, before that we worked in Soldier and Ajnabee and both the films were hits. I think Bobby has turned out to be good performer." Mustan has all praise for Akshaye Khanna. He states "Akshaye is very good actor. He is playing an important role in our forthcoming film Race. This will be his fourth film with us. We have worked together and shared a good rapport with him therefore we know which role will suit him. He gives his best to every character that he plays. He is all rounder and we know he is very talented to pull off any kind of role." Urvashi came into the picture when we were looking for a new girl and Mr. Taurani told us that he knew this girl. We met Urvashi and after talking to her we realized that she has the potential. She is a good artist."

Abbas-Mustan's last release 36 China Town failed on Box Office. So what went wrong with that film? "Many people blamed the climax of the film saying they didn't like the humorous end. But we had come up with ten endings for 36 China Town before we came up with a humorous ending like this. Though audiences were disappointed by the humorous climax of 36 China Town, Naqaab will not disappoint them for sure" he quips.

Being admirer of Vijay Anand, Mustan says, "We have seen suspense drama many times and we know that once the suspense is revealed, people lose interest. But there are some films which have combination of suspense and thriller. We have seen Goldie Sir's (Vijay Anand) Teesri Manzil. We admire him a lot. Though we know the suspense of that film, we have seen it around 10 times. We analyze that there are some other factors as well which we didn't realize for the first time and explored it second or third time. We always keep in mind that after the release of a film the suspense element is going to be revealed, so overall there should be something that will entertain people and compel them to watch it again and again."

So, now when the remakes are current trend in Bollywood, would you like to follow the bandwagon? "I don think we can remake any suspense film. But yes we can make sequels too. We are thinking on same lines. Among our hit films we are planning to make Khiladi 2 with Akshay Kumar, Baazigar 2 and Badshah 2. We are yet to think about the storyline but we will surely be planning sequels of these films. We are also planning to announce our own production house soon after we finish these films. We may even produce these sequels. But everything is in the planning stage now."

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