Friday, July 20, 2007
Cash has now been re-titled as Anubhav Sinha's Cash.
As per reliable sources, the decision was arrived at yesterday in wake of the constant imbroglio between the producers of the film Anish Ranjan and Sohail Maklai.
One is in store for a surprise on contacting the film's director Anubhav Sinha. The director of Dus and Tum Bin shoots back a question to you right away, "Is it about a controversy?", albeit in a light vein.
On being told that it is about looking at putting all controversies at rest, he eases up. "Yes, the issues finally seem to be settling down. We are going full steam with the promotion of the film and are all set to arrive on 27th July."
Err.., 27th July? Some media reports indicate that there is still some patchwork renaming for the film? "All false", he reacts, "Even the animation work, which was one of the major decisions we took during the post production of the film, has been completed 10 days back. So where is the question of anything remaining in the film? I don't know from where and how these rumors originate. The first copy of the film is out and I would be showing it to the Censors today. Currently, I am in Hyderabad looking at the film's mixing."
In fact, Anubhav is also bumping into Ram Gopal Varma too often since he too is stationed in the same hotel at Hyderabad while shooting for Sarkar Raj.
Incidentally, Ramu is just out of a court battle and his film has finally been titled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
Bringing the conversation to the film's music, one can't help but congratulate Anubhav for the response that the latest track 'Naughty Naughty' has got. Laughs Anubhav, "We had to do something innovative here. Believe me, shooting a song in one take, that too with so many actors, is not an easy job. Thankfully we all managed to pull it off well. We should be coming out 'Reham Kare' and 'Naa Poochho' soon. Though I hear the music is doing well today, I am sure the album would grow further once these songs are on air and the film releases at theaters. Vishal and Shekhar have done a phenomenal job yet again after Dus."
On contacted, producer Anish Ranjan was far more vocal about the controversies surrounding the film. "I am happy that things have finally been resolved and I hold the rights now. It was a journey with its own roadblocks and hindrances but all focus is now on 27th July when the film releases. Still, one can't help but make an observation that Sohail Maklai has behaved like a kid. Though I don't hold any personal grievances against Sohail, for someone who has been in the industry for last few years, it was just uncalled for when one looks at it professionally."
Why, what happened? "He doesn't believe in law, simple! As a self styled person, he throughout behaved to be over and above everything and everyone else. When trouble began around 'who controls the film', he suddenly started terminating everyone from the contract, whether it was me or Anubhav.
Thankfully in the end, none of that impacted the film reaching it's finishing line since today I stay on to be the film's producer while Anubhav is the director. Still, Sohail's name would feature as the film's producer in the credits since he should not be deprived of that," explains Anish, the man behind films as diverse as 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar', 'Dansh' and upcoming 'Kabootar'.
He laughs, "I guess apart from the President of India, he had possibly terminated everyone else around him. It was all so childish. It was like our younger days when a kid who owned the bat, once being declared out, simply ended the game and ran away from the filed while depriving everyone else of the game."