Subhash Ghai returns to direction after five years

Desperate for a directorial hit since the 1999 Aishwarya Rai-starrer Taal, Bollywood’s original ‘showman’ Subhash Ghai will be back to film direction with a multi-starrer this year.

After the Anil Kapoor-Aishwarya Rai starrer Taal, all his directorial ventures – Yaadein, Kisna: The Warrior Poet, Black & White and Yuvvraaj – have bombed at the box-office despite having a formidable casting.

“That is past now, I have a lot of hopes riding on this new film,” Ghai said, who runs the film production and distribution company Mukta Arts.

“Art and commerce – both are involved when I think of making a film. If the film is too arty and cannot be made for the general audience, then I have to think twice,” he said when asked about what kind of a film he is about to direct.

A member of the Kaanchi team tells us, “It was a very emotional moment for Subhashji. He has been through a lot lately. His dream project the acting institute Whistling Woods has been put under a legal dispute.

While Subhashji has been putting up a brave front determined to fight it out to a logical conclusion he has looked towards old dear friends and support.

Directing Kartik and Mishti for the time on Sunday Ghai felt a sense of déjà vu. “I felt the way I did when I directed Jackie and Meenakshi Sheshadri in Hero 29 years ago. Trust me, Kartik and Mishti are going to be recognised as great actors and surefire stars. They improvise a scene during the shot so effectively that you can see a perfect chemistry between the two. They are a real and yet a cute pair. Shooting with Kartik and Mishti I was reminded of my first day of Hero.”

Kaanchi is the story of the journey of an innocent girl from the hills into a world of crime and corruption. In terms of format it is akin to Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

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