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In Indonesia SRK is treated like God!
Syed Firdaus Ashraf |
October 29, 2004 15:35 IST
Sharad Sharan makes his directorial debut in Bollywood with Kiss Kis Ko, featuring the pop group Band of Boys. He tells rediff.com about his film, which releases on October 29:
I have been living in Indonesia for the last nine years. Indonesia is a Islamic country and the Indian population, mostly Sindhis and South Indians, comprises about eight percent.
They love Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan is treated like God. Last year, at a Diwali function, the Indonesians went ga ga over him!
A lot of people in Indonesia want to do business with Bollywood. It has taken long for the Southeast Indian community in Indonesia to come to Bollywood. After films like Monsoon Wedding and Bend it Like Beckham, Bollywood has become more open to new kinds of films. It is ready to accept new ideas.
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I wanted to make something different as India has opened up to new film concepts. We see very different films today, rather than the old formula of saans bahu, rakhee sister films.
Kiss Kis Ko is the first film to feature a boy band in India. It is not about their real lives. It is a story about five boys falling in love with the same girl. It is a musical comedy and a love story.
The film is shot in Bali and Jakarta (Indonesia).
Kiss Kis Ko is an experimental film in Hinglish. I don't know whether it will work. There are no stars, but it will have international appeal. I am confident that Western and Indian crowds will love it.
The film's biggest asset will be word of mouth. There are seven songs, including an item number Ru lu la ra.
I am making another film on Boka Thakur, the world's longest imprisoned undertrial. This story has been with me for the last 18 to 20 years. His case never came up for trial. He was only shunted from one jail to another.
Thakur was imprisoned in 1945 when India was under British rule. He was never sentenced. He was released in 1986 by the Supreme Court and was only granted Rs 5,000 as compensation.
England-based playwright Farukkh Dhondy is writing the script, which should be ready by November. The script will be the real hero. I want an actor who will do justice to it.
Taste Of India, a story of an American family and an Indian family, is another film I am planning. The script will be ready by the end of this month and I will come to India to choose the star cast. We will start making the film in January or February.