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Vipul follows Hrishikesh's footsteps

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By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Monday, March 05, 2007
After Namastey London, Vipul Shah is done with popcorn entertainment. Revealing his future plans the director says, "I was planning a special-effects thriller. But now I've decided to bring in an interesting issue that I want to bring into that film. Because of that issue I'm re-writing the entire script."

Reluctant to reveal more details Vipul finally gives in. "See there are two kinds of films that one can attempt. One would be the out-and-out fantasy like my Aankhen. The other is a more socially relevant film like Waqt and my new film Namastey London. Now I'm more inclined towards bringing in serious issues. Maybe I'm growing old-fashioned. My next film will take a long hard look at the youth of the nation. I feel there's a rapidly growing dissociation between the teenagers of today and the other generations. I think it's criminal for a Standard 4 boy to own a cell phone. I don't like it. My next film is going to be about this disconnection between the youth and a very rich and desirable family-based value system that we have. Look at Holi. Why have the pujas stopped? Why has it become an occasion for drinking and rowdyism? Why has every festival become a show of strength? We're losing the sanctity of our religion and culture. I'm deeply worried about this issue. My next would be my most disturbing and probing film. "

Vipul's source of inspiration is none other the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee. "Look at his variety of films...Abhimaan, Mili and my favourite Satyakam were superbly entertaining. They also carried a huge social responsibility. And look at what Lage Raho Munnabhai has achieved."

In the meanwhile Vipul has left the distribution of Namastey London to Eros International. "We're going to come in thick of the World Cup. In today's time every form of entertainment has its own space. And no superstitious elements can convince me to the contrary. If I look for a perfectly auspicious Friday I might end up watching the film in the privacy of my home."

Vipul's title does seem a little...er weird. "Well my Aankhen and Waqt used titles of big hits. But so many films using old titles and even their subject matters, have failed. Ultimately it isn't the title but the film that works. Namastey London is a new title. And I quite like it."

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