Abhishek Pathak: Sunny is my childhood friend. Our parents have worked together before
After producing movies, Abhishek Pathak everything is ready to become a movie director, with Ujda Chaman . Movie stars Sunny singh in the role of a 30-year-old man who deals with the problem of premature baldness. The film will be released a week before Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bullet , which also deals with a similar issue.
Speaking about the similarities in both the films, Abhishek elaborates, “I bought the rights (of 2017’s Kannada release Ondu Motteya Kathe). Later, I got to know that they (producer Dinesh Vijan) are making Bullet . In one of the interviews, I read that the film is about a person's inner beauty. I realised that the premise of both films seemed similar, that's when I sent out a friendly notice to the team of Bullet . I also suggested that we sit across the table and discuss the content of our respective films. However, they told me that there was no need for a discussion as their content was very different. Meanwhile, I had also released a public notice stating that we have the rights of the original. When the trailer of Bullet released, I was shocked to see that it is very similar to mine!” There was a time when both the films were releases nearly on the same dates, however, the clash between the two, at the box office, has now been averted. Abhishek says, “Releasing two films based on the same subject on nearly the same date would have been disastrous.”
Ask him how difficult or different it was to wear the director's hat, and he replies: “The only obstacle I faced was when we had to shoot in the high temperatures of northern India. It was very hot and sweaty, and I was worried about how my actors would behave in that climate, especially Sunny, who used prosthetic makeup for his role as a partially bald man. ”
This is not the first time that Abhishek is collaborating with Sunny. Previously, he produced Akaash Vani and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 that featured the actor. Interestingly, Abhishek is Sunny's childhood friend. “My father (film producer Kumar Mangat) and his father (action director Jai Singh Nijjar) have worked together before. That's why we know each other well, ”he says. He also adds: The reason I chose him for the movie because Chaman (Sunny's character in the movie) is extremely shy and speaks much less. I felt that Sunny was the right person for the role and that I would achieve this role.
After Ujda Chaman, Abhishek is producing Khuda Hafiz, which is based on a news report published in The Times of India. “It is a romantic thriller based on a front-page news report published in The Times of India in 2007. It is actually the director of the film Faruk Kabir (Allah Ke Banday fame), who had researched the article and came up with the idea, ”says Abhishek. The film stars Vidyut Jammwal, and the shooting began in Uzbekistan. By shedding more light on the history of the film, the filmmaker says: It is a real-life story based on a couple from Hyderabad. It is a fabulous story and needs to be told.