Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Nikhil Advani Thniks Script Writing the Biggest Challenge for Salaam-e-Ishq

Nikhil Advani’s new movie named ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’ is going to be released this month. The story of the movie is little different as it combines six loving pair in a frame but from different point of view. The pairs are from different class, age, compassion and different mentality. In the last film of Advani was Kal Ho Naa Ho which was produced by Karan Johar and his production house. However, this time Advani will release the movie from his own production house. I am quoting some lines from a recent interview of Advani where he talked about his multi-starred movie:

Most people would say that. It does come from the Dharma Productions school of film-making which is grand, little more fantasy-oriented than daily life. But when you watch Salaam-e-Ishq you will notice certain touches of realism. Whether it is Govinda’s taxi driver character, whether it is Anil Kapoor’s mid-life crisis or whether it is Akshaye Khanna’s whole commitment issue... Those are the doses of realism that I have tried to incorporate into this world of Indian cinema but it does come from the Johar school.

Asked if script writing of this movie is a challenge for him he said:

That is the greatest challenge as far as Salaam-e-Ishq the film is concerned. Kal Ho Naa Ho, you have to be a dunce to have not made it the way it was made. It was wonderfully written and structured by Karan. So, for Salaam-e-Ishq the challenge is the writing. And not only because there is no Karan in this film, but also because of the subject we have tried to tackle. Here are six love stories with 12 different lives which at one point of time have to start coming together. It’s not as if it is episodic, going from one short story to another. I have taken the Love Actually structure where we are cutting into all of the tracks constantly.

Regarding many stars of this movie Advani said:

The star presence is given but it is not just about stars. Anybody who has been following Indian cinema regularly would agree that Salaam-e-Ishq also has very good actors. Anil Kapoor, he is a brilliant actor. Govinda, even Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan has said he is a superb actor. Akshaye Khanna, you can actually watch and hear his brain ticking all the time. Salman Khan, you can’t have someone in the same position for 20 years if he doesn’t know what is required of him in a film. The only thing you need to do as a director with such actors is to say “stop”. When you watch Salaam-e-Ishq, you will get bombarded by wonderful acting.

It seems that Mr. Advani has taken all the initiative to make his film a boom at the box office. Let’s see what happen to the fate of six pairs of lovers.