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Chori Chori is sensitive and funny: Milan Luthria

July 30, 2003

Director Milan Luthria made his debut four years ago with Kachche Dhaage;the filmstarredAjay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Manisha Koirala andNamrata Shirodkar.

Milan LuthriaKachche Dhaagedid decent businessand Luthria began work on his nextfilm Chori Chori, with Devgan and Rani Mukerji in the lead.Thefilm was ready in June 2002, but its release wasdelayed because ofits producer's sudden demise. But Luthria did not give up; Chori Choriwill finally hit the marqueeon August 1.

The filmmakerspoke toSyed Firdaus Ashraf about his much-delayed film. Excerpts:

How didthe idea of Chori Chori come about?

I was reading about the cultural singers in north India andwondering what kind of lives they lead. Then Isaw [the Hollywood romantic comedy] While You Were Sleeping. The filmrevolvesarounda lonely New Yorker [Sandra Bullock] who wants to spend Christmas with a family. It is a beautiful film.Imixed shades ofBullock's character with that of a folk singer, Khushi [Rani Mukerji], in Chori Chori. Khushi wants to get married and settle down and she finds the perfect man and the perfect family.What happens next forms rest of the story.

IsChori Chorion the same lines as Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol?

It falls in the same genre, but it stands out by itself. It is a sensitive and funny film.

Why did you decide to name your film Chori Chori?

Circumstances force two strangersto come into close proximity. They start caring for each other without realising it. That's whythe film is called Chori Chori. Ajay's family also tries to bring these lovers together. They realise that these two people are in love. All this happens chori chori [secrectly].

Tell us aboutDevgan's role.

Ajay is playing an architect who is disillusioned with life. He dreams of a world full of peace and happiness. But he finds that not too many people think like him. Then he finds this girl [Rani]...

Rani Mukerji and Ajay Devgan in Chori ChoriWhenDevgan made his debut in Phool Aur Kaante, critics said he wouldn't last with such an ordinary face. Why, inyour opinion, has he done so well in Bollywood?

This was label given to him by a section of the media, whichwants to slot actors. Just like they are nowcalling Hrithik Roshan the next Kumar Gaurav.

Ajay has always been a fine actor.Things started looking up for him with Naajayaz.Then Thakshakand Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam happened. The first change came with Naajayaz, then with Zakhm and HDDCS and finallywith Company. Now people accept him as an all rounder.

Why do you take him in all your films?

I casthim becausehe is a good friend.But heis not there in my next film Deewar-- Let's Bring Our Heroes Home.

What is Deewar all about?

Deewar has Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt.I have completed 30 per cent of the film. It will release by May 2004. I have written the story.

Was it very frustrating when the release of Chori Chori was delayed, even though the film was completed a year ago?

Yes. Today, though, I think it was a right decision. The film got delayed when our producer Raju Narula died. We were, however, confident of our product. We took the decision of stopping thepromos that were already on air. When we were ready to releaseit, werepackaged the film's the publicity and hoardings. Weintroducedanimated versions of Ajay and Rani in thefilm's promos. The animation has been expensive but, as a filmmaker,I will never release a film half-heartedly.

You must be pleased thatChori Chori is releasing at a time when bothRani Mukerji and Ajay Devgan are doing well.

Their success isdefinitely helping us [smiles]. It is just good fortune. Everyone wants to check out how they [Ajay and Rani] look together in a film.

Is it true thatSonali Bendre is also there in the film?

A still from Chori ChoriYes. She has a small but pivotalrole.But I don't want the audience to think that this is a love triangle. She is makinga special appearance in the film.

How different are you feeling compared to release of Kachche Dhaage?

I am nervous. ButI've held many screeningswith test audiences. All of them reacted very favourably. The response has been very good.

What is the USP of the film?

The script. The story and treatment is fresh. Today's generation willappreciate this kind of afilm.



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Sub: Hollywood remake

The story is not "fresh" at all. This is an indianized version of Holywood film "Housesitter" (1992) starring Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin


Posted by Naina Pandita





Sub: Hi

I watched chori Chori, its a wicked film. Rani looks Gorgeos. Hope Rani makes more films with Ajay


Posted by Yasmin





Sub: Chori chori looks promising!

I saw the rushes of this movie a year back.I wanted to see it then.It looks very promising.I think it will be a good movie.Regarding ...


Posted by Shilpa




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