Milind copy  One film old director, Punit Malhotra talks about his next film
Milind copy  One film old director, Punit Malhotra talks about his next film

Punit Malhotra is just one film old. But with the success of his first film ‘I Hate Love Storys’, he is back with another romantic tale, ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. He shares his vision for the movie.

Talking about his lead pair who has already worked together, he shares, “It is not always true that fresh pairings can only bring success to a film. Kareena and Imran suit my characters to the fullest and both have done an extremely great job. I feel no one could have done justice to the village role as Kareena. And she has performed it with depth.”
Sharing the highlight of the film, he says, “When you watch the film you’ll be happy as we have catered to all the audiences. You will surely find the first half entertaining as it is completely urban, you’ll get everything that you got in ‘I Hate Luv Storys’. While the energies of the second half is completely rural and will take you to another level.”
Throwing light on the tagline of the film, ‘Love can bridge the gap’, he shares, “The tag line showcases that a boy is dumped by a girl and she goes away to a village. This boy follows her not in order to impress her family. However, he is keen to make a bridge. The film is inspired from Youtube, a fictional story in which it is shown that there are no bridges and people cross the river by just holding to a rope. This boy is a total brat and how he changes after going to the village.”
Sharing his love for the shooting location, he says, “Having chosen Bengaluru, I feel the city itself stands significant to my tale. I could have gone to Hyderabad, Chennai or any other city down South. The weather there is very pleasant. I could get wonderful locations to shoot. It is a cosmopolitan city suitable to my characters, Kareena is a Punjabi while Imraan belongs to the South.”
Sharing how Imran has evolved as an actor, he reveals, “ I worked with Imran in “I Hate Luv Storys” (‘IHLS’), I feel he has turned more mature. He has opened up, he is easier to work with. Even if we finished at late night but if needed he would reach the sets at 6AM the next day. He is a nice guy on the whole. Although, he did not agree to do this character immediately but then having accepted doing the character he has performed exuberantly. He was skeptical to do the rural part. We had already decided to do few films together after having done ‘IHLS’.”
When asked why did he not choose Sonam Kapoor as the leading lady, he shares, “Sonam does not suit the role. I wanted Kareena but I was not sure if she would agree to work with me. One fine day Karan Johar called me up and told me to go ahead and narrate the story to her as she has few free dates. She accepted doing the film just after one narration.” But added, “Definitely, having Karan Johar on board, it becomes easy for us to get actors. But then the script needs to be strong enough to impress them. Look at Imran, he is my friend but he made me run for almost six months.” About the pact signed with Karan, he reveals, “Yes I have signed a contract with Karan Johar. I cannot disclose it but I can not direct outside his production house. He will kill me!”
Sharing his real take belief in love, he reveals, “In real, I believe love can bridge the gap. However, I am quite experienced. While I fall in love, girls try to walk all over me! I may have fallen and and broken off but I still believe in love.” And added, “On a serious note, the philosophy of love is successful only if we love someone selflessly. I have an inclination to make romantic stories and why not? We have grown watching love stories. My character Imran in the film initially is selfish but finally he turns to his love, it is only then he comes out of his own world.” Rooting for girls too, he says, “Not all girls are materialistic. Even boys tend to be materialistic .We cannot blame the girls on the whole.”
When asked whether he ever considered being in front of the camera? He replies, “Yes, I did try to turn an actor, but while on the sets of my friend’s film ‘Dostana’ Tarun I realised that I have a story and I could also try my luck in direction. That’s how I ventured into direction.”
Taking about his future films, he shares, “My next venture is titled ‘Gutka’. It is a drama film. But I cannot reveal much as we are at the scripting level. I hope I do not switch on to romantic ending in it too. The title belongs to Sachin Joshi and he was kind enough to allow us to take it.”
“I have just directed one film, I have no image at all. I think the films are bigger than me,” he shares. On the best comment coming from his best critic, who is Imran Khan’s wife, he says, “Avantika is an outspoken female. She has been my friend for a long time. I do get scared to show her the film. But when she came out from the screening she yelled and told me, “The film is really good and you have done a great job indeed.” We have a focus group who watched the film and they too have liked the film. Many of them said that the film is far ahead of its time.”

Lipika Varma

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