'Kismat Love Paisa Delhi' will re-launch Vivek, Mallika: director Sanjay Khanduri
Sanjay Khanduri, who is returning with 'Kismat Love Paisa Delhi' five years after making his directorial debut with 'Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local', says the new film will be a re-launch for Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat and himself.
"Today good scripts can make an actor into a superstar. The Vivek and Mallika combination will surely thrill people. We knew that their pairing would look good; these are two firebrands coming together to create some spark. This will be a re-launch film for Vivek, Mallika as well as me," the director told PTI.
Sanjay said that KLPD, starring Vivek as a 25-year-old boy, promises to showcase that side of Vivek which hasn't been seen for long now.
"Vivek has been seen as a gangster as well as biopic characters. However his potential as a lover-boy hasn't been tapped till date. He is a good actor and has a lot of spunk in him. Even before starting the film's shoot when I met him, he came across this nice friendly guy. Now after working with him I can proudly say that this naughty and romantic role of Lucky has suited him well," Sanjay said.
Though just like his debut film 'Ek Chalis...', even KLPD is set in one night and is about a youngster on the run, it promises to be far edgier than the Abhay Deol starrer.
"We wanted this film to be really edgy and commercial. The endeavour was to set an example where we could make an edgy film which also did well commercially. KLPD was designed that way. The final product is a revelation for me because it was always a challenge to set a film in one night, create a new genre and then make something commercially viable."
While 'Ek Chalis Ki Last Local' was set in Mumbai, KLPD has a Delhi base to it.
"I was raring to make a film on Delhi. When I made 'Ek Chalis....', my budget was restricted. Also, I had to keep the narrative pretty much real time. This time around I had a good budget and also a little more powerful starcast. That allowed me to go all out and shoot the film in a place where I was born and brought up. I could afford to get the perfect ambience on screen."
There is an ensemble cast playing interesting characters as well other than the lead pair of Vivek and Mallika. While Ashutosh Rana plays a Jat baddie with a humorous streak to him, there are others like Anshuman Jha, Navin Kaushik and Bobby Vats playing important roles as well with Neha Dhupia in a cameo.
"KLPD indeed has some unique characters, situations and locations though on a much bigger scale, which is going to be the film's USP," said Sanjay.
Now that his KLPD is releasing, the director said there wouldn't be a big gap for his next film which he intends to mount sooner than later.
"Now I have to make one film every 1-1.5 years. I would continue to be choosy about picking right people for my films. Now KLPD should speak for me as it would allow the right people to come forward so that I can share scripts of my films in future." PTI