“Bachna Ae Haseenon is again a romantic comedy.” – Siddharth Anand

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August 15th, though still months away, is the day when Siddharth Anand’s new film will release and many (including this reporter) are already dying to see it. Bachna Ae Haseenon, stars Deepika Padukone, Minissha Lamba, Bipasha Basu and the adorable Ranbir Kapoor. Director Anand recently talked about Ranbir, telling Katrina her part was cut and other filmi things.

About Bachna Ae Haseenon Anand said, “Bachna Ae Haseenon is again a romantic comedy. I feel it stretches the genre.”

Adding that he chose that title because it was the right one, “And it’s not just because Rishi Uncle sang the words Bachna Ae Haseenon. Anyone who’ll see my film will know it’s the most apt title. However, Ranbir being in the film the title does acquire an added dimension.”

Ranbir and Anand have been friends since childhood and he said, “Ranbir and I are like brothers. I know him from the time he was born. I’m shocked by Ranbir’s expertise in front of the camera. In my film he’ll be completely different from the way he was in Saawariya. Ranbir is full tayyaar on the sets. Superb energy and a great dancer. “

Katrina Kaif was part of the film originally but her part had to be left out because it was just getting to long: “If we had kept Katrina’s portion, Bachna Ae Haseenon would’ve been one of the longest films in the history of Hindi cinema….much beyond three hours.” Though telling her was not an easy task, “Nobody had the heart to break the news to her. When she heard she was out, Katrina was really upset. But what to do? In fact, Katrina’s track was one of our favourites. But she saw our point of view when she saw the film. The only reason we dropped her track was because it hadn’t been shot. Otherwise she’s the biggest star we’ve in our film. Katrina has had only one flop in her entire career. Dropping her track upset all of us.”

On to other topics and he revealed the reason his second film, Tara Rum Pum, did not do as well was, “Probably my concept of poverty, not getting good food, didn’t jell with the audience. That was my interpretation of poverty because I’m a foodie and not getting great food is the biggest deprivation for me. I need good food to keep me happy healthy and fat. Anyway, people have been catching up on it belatedly on the cable and DVD. I was happy the producers didn’t lose money.”

All three of Anand’s films Salaam Namaste, Tara Rum Pum and Bachna Ae Haseenon have been for the Yash Raj banner, “I’ve been part of the banner for ten years. I started by assisting on Mujhse Dosti Karogi.”

Anand is of course excited about the release of Bachna Ae Haseenon and said, “I just saw my poster with the date and my hands went cold.”

Keep watching this space because we will be sure to give you all the news about Bachna Ae Haseenon!

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