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      Always Kabhi Kabhi inspired by the play Graffiti

      By Raymond Ronamai

      Mumbai, (PTI) Debutant director Roshan Abbas, who is all charged up for his upcoming film Always Kabhi Kabhi says the success of his play 'Graffiti' inspired him to make a movie on high-school life, a theme that he feels is now catching up with Bollywood.


      The film, which would be released in summer, is creating a lot of buzz with actor-producer Shahrukh Khan doing an item song for it. To reports that an extremely popular star would be part of this item song, the director said, "wait and watch."

      "In 1999, I had written and directed this play called 'Graffiti'. After its success, I decided to make film on this subject - high school life. I believe this theme is catching up now and I need to explore it," Abbas told PTI.

      The screenplay for the film was written in 2008 and in 2009, Abbas began work on directing a film. "In 2008, we started converting the play into screenplay because in 1999 the situation was different and now it is different. The biggest challenge we faced was to find the star cast as we were looking for fresh faces. This process itself took about nine months," he said.

      The film produced by SRK's Red Chillies Entertainment will see four debutants - producer Karim Morani's daughter Zoa, Giselle Monterio (who played Harleen alongside Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal) Satyajit Dubey and Ali Fazal.

      When asked whether it was easy for him to get SRK's RCE to back this film, the director said, "Once I was hosting a show and I met Shahrukh on stage.. I discussed the film with him. He said yes and I thought it would just be a passing conversation. But later, I got a call from his production house and met people over there...and then things got finalised."

      About the film, Abbas, who is a popular radio and host, said, "The film is about four students coming off age. Their dreams and desires."

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