On June 27th we will be treated to Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (TPTM), Kunal Kohli’s new film starring Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Amisha Patel and four child artistes. It is a magical tale with love at its core. Recently Kohli sat down and talked a bit about the film and was all praise for his two lead actors.
The director/producer said that though he has worked with Saif and Rani before in Hum Tum, the main reason he choose them was because they were perfect for the parts: “They both suited the characters very well. And whenever the two have done unique roles is when they have excelled in their careers. When Rani does a Hum Tum, KANK, Black, or Chalte Chalte, and when Saif does Dil Chahta Hai, Parineeta, Omkara, Race, etc., they have played different characters and have excelled in that. So, when you throw a challenge to such actors, they give you something special and that’s what both Saif and Rani have given me in this film.”
Adding that they have really grown as artists since their work in Hum Tum. “Tremendous growth and it’s very difficult to measure it. In TPTM, both have surpassed their previous performances. They have matured as actors. Hum Tum was a sort of a turning point in my career and Saif’s, too. I wouldn’t say Rani’s because she was a well-established actor by then with films such as Saathiya and Chalte Chalte. But it was a turning point for Rani in one way—she got her first award as a Best Actress for Hum Tum. I’d say that our fortunes turned with Hum Tum. And all three of us were greeted with more success from then on. In TPTM, our respect for each other has grown as our craft is more polished now.”
Finally, about why he chose Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic as the title for his fourth film, he said, “I was looking for a title that said a little more, that spoke about the film but could also be the catch phrase about life because I would like to believe that my film says things that have impact and relevance in our day-to-day life. I think that’s what is important and that’s why I went for this title. When something is going wrong in someone’s life, I’d like someone to say, I need Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. The title not only describes the film but also our lives.”