The director reveals had considered Sara Ali Khan to be launched opposite his son Utkarsh Sharma in Genius (2018). However, it did not work out.
Sara Ali Khan Approached For Debut In Anil Sharma’s ‘Genius’ Starring Utkarsh Sharma
Genius is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language romantic psychological action thriller film directed by Anil Sharma and marks the debut of his son Utkarsh Sharma as a male lead, who also featured as a child actor in Sharma’s 2001 film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The film revolves around Vasudev Shastri, a genius RAW agent who is burdened by the killing of his entire team. Until he doesn’t avenge their death, he can’t live in peace with his love. So, he hatches a genius plan. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty, Ayesha Jhulka and Ishita Chauhan.
The director also reached out to Sara Ali Khan for her debut opposite Utkarsh in the film. “The talks were going on. I was talking to 10 other actresses. She was also talking to 10 other filmmakers. Jo jiske bhagya mein hai, woh unko milta hai.”, says Anil Sharma in an exclusive interview to another publication.
Anil Sharma says ‘OMG 2’ Clashed With ‘Gadar 2’ Because Industry Underestimated His Film
Anil Sharma also spoke about the clash of his film Gadar 2 with OMG 2, which is a sequel to the 2012 hit film OMG: Oh My God starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. He said that he had announced the release date of Gadar 2 much earlier, but the makers of OMG 2 decided to release their film on the same day. He said that he felt that the industry underestimated Gadar 2 and did not expect it to be a big hit. He said that he was confident about his film and its appeal to the masses.
He was quoted saying, “Logon ko lag raha tha ki ainwayi film hai. Isliye ek film hamare opposite bhi aa gayi. Otherwise, no one clashes with a biggie. Is anybody clashing with Jawan? But with Gadar 2, the industry felt that iss film mein dum nahin hai. Hence, we got limited budget. It was made in just Rs. 60 crores. When I used to narrate the story, some industry personalities had predicted it would collect Rs. 70-80 crores. Lekin main kehta tha ki Rs. 500 crore ka dhanda karegi. Some people used to get excited with my prediction. They felt, ‘Director ko aisa bolne do. Aisa excitement hoga toh Rs. 150 crore tak toh film pahuch hi jaayegi’! This is how I got the budget of Rs. 60 cores with the hope that it’ll collect Rs. 150 crores.”
Anil Sharma Wants To Improve VFX Of Gadar 2 Before Its OTT Release
Anil Sharma continued, “I wanted to better the VFX. We had a limited budget for the film. Pichli Gadar ki kadar nahin hui thi industry mein. Some people had called Gadar as Gutter. Gadar 2 ki bhi kadar nahin thi, when it was in production. Ultimately, paise lagaoge toh paisa aayega. I have no complaints from anybody. Due to limited budget, we shot for real without relying on VFX. As a director, now whenever I see the film, I feel that some scenes can be better. Hence, we are working on it.”
On his upcoming films, he remain tight-lipped, “A lot of things are being talked about. I’ll talk about it when the time is right.”
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