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Soham on leaving Dharma and Johar

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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Thursday, January 04, 2007
After leaving the Karan Johar banner, Soham Shah, the man who directed Kaal for Dharma Productions has signed two other films - Kumar Mangat's production with Ajay Devgan and John Abraham and Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films Luck, starring Sanjay Dutt.

Thanks a ton, John

Soham confirms both the films, "Kumarji's film is an adventure-action-sport drama. Ajay still has to hear a script narration while John is committed to it, but we are working on the dates combination.

If that is sorted out, he's doing the film. He has been my support system and a dear friend from day one. From Kaal till now.

Soham apparently walked out of Dharma Productions and Karan, who gave him his big break because he was frustrated by the delay in his film because of Sanjay Dutt's court case. Soham smiles, "The fact that I am working with Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta, I guess clears things out.

It wasn't that I was unwilling to wait for Mr Dutt. I had a particular script on hand and I couldn't see the film shaping up for a long time. At that point, we were waiting for Mr Dutt's verdict. My film was a big-budget film and it was taking time.

Finally, I realised that if I could take charge and become independent, I could begin the film. I approached Kumarji, he liked the script and I was on. Similarly, with Luck, I approached Mr Gupta with the basic idea of the story against a mafia backdrop and he liked it."

'It was painful'

Was the going tough after he left Dharma? "I never thought of it as leaving Dharma. I had these concepts ready and I wanted to go ahead after Kaal. But people around have been more than encouraging."

Soham says parting with Dharma was painful, "I wasn't happy about leaving Dharma as I was parting with one of the best production houses and producer."

But apparently the parting wasn't amicable. When quizzed about it, Soham doesn't deny the story but says, "I have great regards and respect for Karan Johar. Whatever I am, is because of him and his father, Yashji, who gave me a break as assistant director.

I cherish that memory and would rather not get into any negative feeling. I have just started out. Karan and Adi (Chopra) are too big for me and I can't indulge in any politics.

I wish Karan well and I do have his best wishes. I'm at a stage where I only want people to believe in the script that I have and back me.

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