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The Rediff Interview

'Kareena is the female Raj Kapoor'

February 06, 2003

Despite being cooped up in an air-conditioned room for hours, director S J Suryah is sweating profusely.

He sighs, "At the risk of sounding haughty, I want to tell youI have been as busy as a bee." Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor in Khushi

In conversation with Vickey Lalwani, he talks about Khushi starring Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Today, when films are not doing well at the box-office, how confident are you about Khushi?

At the risk of sounding boastful, I want to tell youKhushi will break the jinx plaguing Bollywood. It is a sure shot hit.

This is not the first timea South Indian movie has been made in Hindi. This recipe works. In addition, I directed the Tamil (1999) and Telugu versions (2001) of this movie. Both proved money-spinners at the box-office.

Tell us about Khushi.

The punchline of Khushi is 'Every human being has an ego.' In a nutshell, Khushi is a love story of a boy and a girl who keep each other at bay because of theiregos.

Khushi is the story of Khushi (Kareena), a girl born and brought up in a hamlet named CharnoliinUttaranchal. She comes from a conservative family but unlike the elders in her family, she is averse to the idea of getting married. She wants to pursue higher studies. She gets admission atMumbai University where she bumps into this arrogant Kolkata guy called Karan (Fardeen).

Their very first encounter results in a fight and that sows the seeds of rivalry between them. Further, they continue to fight with each other.There seems to be no endto that until one day they suddenly realisethey love each Khushiother. Don't ask me any further.

Why did youcast Kareenaand Fardeen?

I did not do the casting. [Producer] Boney [Kapoor] approached me, wanting to remake Khushi in Hindi. He had already decided on the lead pair. I was game. Boney Kapoor is known for allowing his directors to make movies as per their wish without bothering about money.

Also, I was asked to direct Kareena Kapoor who has been my favourite since her debut in Refugee.

Why do you find Kareenaspecial?

She is unarguably the best actress of this generation. There is nobody around in her bracket who is more spontaneous than her. She is a bundle of talent. A lot of her talent has still not been tapped.

She is going to rule Bollywood for years to come. She reminds me of her grandfather Raj Kapoor. She is the female Raj Kapoor.

What was Kareena's reaction when she heard the script?

We didn't go through the entire script. Actually, she had seen theTamil version. She told meshe had gone crazy after seeing it.

Did Fardeen and Kareena fit into your vision?

I needed a fresh pair. Lately, several pairs which have clicked in the past have fallen flat at the box-office. Besides, Fardeen and Kareena both gelled well from day one. Often, there is no bonding between the hero and heroine and the film suffers in the end. It is starkly visible on screen that the pair does not share chemistry.

Does the fact that Fardeenis not 'happening' worry you?

No. Tell me one Bollywood star who is happening today. If a film does well everybody involved comes into the limelight. Today, even the hero with the biggest initial cannot help a filmrun. The audience is smart.

Where did you shoot Khushi?

I shot Khushi inHyderabad and Mumbai over a period of 100 days.A still from Khushi

Which is your favourite scene in the film?

The scene just before the interval. Both Fardeen and Kareena are about to tell each other 'I love you,' but a minor quarrel converts into a major quarrel thanks to their inflated egos. And they go different ways.

Tell us about your other projects.

Another film with Boney Kapoor, probably starring both Kareena and Fardeen.

A remake?

*Laughs* We haven't decided.



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Sub: kushi

the ego factor has worked out well but the entire film is not ood in its script


Posted by sneha





Sub:

kushi in tamil version was a hit but wonder how far it wud fare in bollywood(most of tamil remake in hindi have flopped??)


Posted by Ayesha





Sub: What has Happened to Hindi Cinema

Now-a-days every other hindi movei is a remake of south indian move, or copied (inspired ????) from Hollywood and if this was not enough another ...


Posted by Ramu





Sub: Well made!!

It is a well made novie on the ego factor that many of us have bigtime!! Kudos to Kareena and Fardeen on doing justice to ...


Posted by juna





Sub: Khushi is reall the best.

Wow! What a film. It is just superb. Kareena,you are really the best.


Posted by Rekhitha S Kumar




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