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'I spent about five years writing Eklavya'
Syed Firdaus Ashraf | March 24, 2006 15:22 IST
Once known to take long gaps -- four years on an average -- between films, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra is now on a roll and appears to have a release every year.
But isn't it true that the sequel is called Munnabhai Meets Mahatma? Chopra explains, "That is a tentative title. I prefer to call it Munnabhai Part II now." Does it feature Mahatma Gandhi? "Yes. There is a character called Mahatma Gandhi, but I will not reveal anything more."
The director seems more forthcoming about Eklavya. He says it is the story of a royal gardner, and has Amitabh Bachchan playing the lead. But he clarifies that the story has nothing to do with the mythological story of Dronacharya and his student, Eklavya. "It is a two-hour film and took me five years to write. I cannot tell you the story in five minutes. I can only say it is not a boring art film. It is entertaining, but it deals with what is right and wrong."
Chopra has formed a sort of bond with his Parineeta cast -- Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan -- as he is repeats them again in his forthcoming films. "I don't have many friends," he says. "So, whenever I get close to people while making a film, I repeat them in my movies. I am comfortable that way."