The actor, now in his 80’s also announced that he was looking for the most beautiful girl in Europe to star in his new movie ‘Chart Sheet’ which he is making in English. This will be his first English langaugge film which is a murder story based on police corruption and filmed in Croatia once the winter is over.
Anand said of his quest,
“I plan to film in Croatia, it’s all in English, because I want to test my potential in the English language…I’ll take actors from that part of the world, except for two characters who are Indians, father and son who are supposed to be NRI’s [Non residents of India], all the other actors are from Croatia or Europe…I’m looking for the most beautiful girl in Europe. This is the challenge, when you cast somebody new as a young girl from Europe, she must strike you as the most important international stars there and then, why do it otherwise?!”
He also spoke disparagingly about the current trend of Bollywood remakes:
“I don’t think I would ever want to remake a film that I’ve done already. When you’re doing a remake, you have fallen short of ideas for moviemaking, why should you? ”
Meanwhile seasoned film maker Mukesh Bhatt spoke with even more dismay about the UK Hindi Film audience in particular when he appeared on Love Bollywood yesterday.
“When you see a film like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, it’s a brain dead film. And what about Partner? Partner is a constipated version of a film called Hitch. Where is the content in the films? That’s the tragedy”.
“The UK, for some strange reason, is lapping up and enjoying these so called brain dead movies. I gurantee if Shah Rukh Khan was not there in Chak De India, a good film like that with a good storyline, nobody in the UK would have seen it. That’s the tragedy. The audience in the UK is only going after the stars and not after good content. I guarantee Chak De India would be a flop, in fact, it wouldn’t even release in cinemas in UK if Shah Rukh Khan was not there!”
“Producers, for some strange reason, when they make a movie with a huge star cast, he feels that once he’s got the big stars attached to his film, his job is over because the stars will bring people to the cinema halls and he’ll make a good opening on the first or second weekend and make his money and that’s it. He doesn’t give the due importance he’s supposed to be giving to the content and the story because he feels, ‘why work so hard when the star will do the job?’. That is why you’re finding most of the stars who are working today are working in films that, unfortunately, I would call ‘brain dead films’. There’s no stimulation in their content, there’s no relevance about the films they’re doing, and that’s the tragedy.”