Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah has always believed in offering audiences something new and different every time, and audiences always look forward to their next release. The director is very excited about today’s date, as it marks the 19th anniversary of his first multi-star blockbuster, Aankhen (2002) starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan in an unreleased role with other stars including Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Sushmita Sen and Paresh Rawal.
As the film became one of the biggest hits of that year, Vipul Shah reveals an interesting anecdote about the film and the industry’s perception of his decision as a filmmaker to experiment with a multi-star film. .
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Vipul Shah informs: ‘When’Aankhenwas happening, a lot of people in the industry had bet on the film to be a super flop, as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was playing for the first time a gray shade character, rather negative, Akshay Kumar had no no romantic trail and all three heroes were blind – Akshay, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal. Sushmita Sen had a romantic piece with Arjun who was a relatively new hero. These are the reasons given to me by various people that if you go on and make this movie, it will be a supreme disaster. I have been warned that with such a large cast of stars, if my film does not perform well, my career as a filmmaker is over. I didn’t listen to any of it because I had nothing to lose. I just wanted to make a movie that I believed in, and I wasn’t even thinking about success or failure at the time because I just wanted to make the movie as I saw it.
“Lucky for all of us Aankhen released and it became a huge success. It was amazing to see the reactions of people in theaters. I think everyone was surprised, even the Pandits who were planning a flop, they too were surprised. The success of the film reinforced my belief that you should just go ahead and experiment; some of them will work, some will not. But unless and until you keep experimenting, you’re not going to innovate. With Aankhen, we have broken a lot of new ground in Hindi cinema and this is just one of those movies which year by year has grown bigger and bigger for the audience and their love. I am very happy because today is the release of my first film and it will always be a very important day in my life, ”adds the filmmaker.
Vipul Shah is currently working on two ambitious and contrasting projects simultaneously – a medical thriller titled Human (web show) and Sanak (film), While Human is an emotional drama on the stomach of human drug testing and the world of medical scam, Sanak is an intense and emotional action film.
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