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Interview: Dhadkan director Dharmesh Darshan

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Akshay Kumar-Shilpa Shetty starrer film Dhadkan (2000) has created a history in Bollywood. Especially, the songs still remains the favourite for many. The movie had touched the hearts of many, and now again, the director of the film, is all set to make the sequel of it. During an exclusive interview with Sonika Mishra of Oneindia, filmmaker Dharmesh Darshan revealed that he's a bit nervous, after witnessing the people's response over the sequel. But, the director promises that Dhadkan 2 will create the same magic as Dhadkan.

Dhadkan released in the year 2000. What prompted you to make the sequel in 2013. Also, your last movie Aap Ki Khatir came in the year 2006, after this you had almost vanished from the industry. Why so?
I had taken a break only for five years. But again I felt that people have been missing me a lot, hence they might have thought this five year gap was too long. I took a long break for personal reasons. Back then, I lost my parents, also I was very busy too. And now, I have decided to make my comeback with Dhadkan again.

Why did you plan to make your comeback with Dhadkan sequel?
People still love the movie and it's songs. Also, Mr Jain from Venus Films had told me that Dhadkan was a great film. People said that since Dhadkan is a brand, so I thought why not making a sequel to it? Hence, I too agreed to it and decided to make a sequel.

How was your first reaction, when you were approached with Dhadkan 2?
I felt humbled, when the producers told me that I'm the only one, who can make the film. I felt proud of myself, when I was said that I could be the best choice for the film. I felt that people still love me and want to see my movies, hence I decided to make my comeback.

People are still in love with the music of Dhadkan. What's your plan for music in the sequel?
We'll try our best that even this time, the music lives up to people's expectations. I will try my best to create the similar magic even this time. I work hard on my films.

Singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya had sung for Dhadkan. Which singers will sing for the sequel?
As of now, nothing has been decided about this. But, I can gurantee you that the film's music will be classic. The songs will be very romantic and emotional. The music will be such that you have never heard of. Dhadkan 2 will be a gift on the occasion of the completion of 100 years of Bollywood.

Can you tell us something about the star cast of the movie?
Nothing has been decided as of now. We are still working on the movie script. And, as far as the star cast is concerned, it could be either new talents, or the superstars of Bollywood.

Dhadkan was a family drama. Will the sequel be something similar like the original, or it will be something new?
Dhadkan 2 will be somewhat a dedication to the youth. The sequel will also have family drama. Certainly, there'll be a few changes, but honestly, there wouldn't be any mindless comedy in the movie. Dhadkan 2 won't be a silly, romantic comedy film.

People will certainly have a lot of expectations from Dhadkan 2. What are your expectations from the film?
I wish to recreate the same magic of original Dhadkan in the sequel. I'll work hard and will keep the sequel to the level of original. If I try to compete with the original, I will fail, since the film has been made and that time has passed by. I can't make it again. Yet, I'll try my level best.

You are making your comeback, after the completion of 100 years of Bollywood. What do you have to say about this?
My film Raja Hindustani was the fourth biggest hit film of the industry. So maybe, due to that reason, Bollywood has saluted me and I got the chance to make my comeback after the industry completed 100 years.

Please tell us something about the script of Dhadkan 2.

The movie is all about love and romance. In fact, the film's caption says 'Heart beats once again'.

Any memorable moment related to the film Dhadkan...

I have a lot of memories related to the film. But, there's one special memory that was not only very beautiful, but also very challenging.

Why didn't you choose to make your comeback with a new film and a new story?

I won't call this as a comeback, it's more like a resuming work. Comeback are meant for stars, not for filmmakers.

What do you think about the new generation filmmakers in Bollywood?

I haven't seen any of their films, but all are hard working. I must say that 10 years back, filmmakers like Aditya Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sooraj Barjatiya, Dharmesh Darshan earned fame without any remakes. Yet, all are working well.

According to you, what are the fundas for a film's success?

Box Office, job satisfaction, beautiful songs and combination of a few other reasons depend on the success of a movie.

What's your reaction on Sanjay Dutt going to jail?

This is really sad. But, it's good that the court gave Sanjay Dutt ji 4 weeks to complete his films.

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