October 29, 2012 14:16 IST
A still of Rishi Kapoor from Karz
Subhash Ghai's next directorial venture stars Rishi Kapoor in a negative role. Though the filmmaker has yet to ascertain the rest of the cast that will include newcomers, he was keen that the veteran actor feature in his next. The Ghai-Kapoor link goes a long way back. In his 1980 flick Karz, Rishi Kapoor had featured as the hero along with Tina Munim. Later both went on to do several more films but never teamed up together. It took them 32 years to team up again.
Says Subhash Ghai, "More than an actor, Rishi is a friend. My association with him is like family. We have always been in touch. We bond beyond just films. I refer to him as one of the founding fathers that established me as a director. Karz was one of my earlier ventures with which I tasted success. It was such a big draw especially the music. It is a film I am still remembered for."
The filmmaker had planned to announce the venture with Mr Kapoor on October 24. He was keen to share the platform with his Karz hero again. But due to the demise of Yash Chopra, the event was cancelled as a mark of respect. "I have not yet decided when I will have the event. Maybe at a later date or at the mahurat of the film," adds Ghai. When asked why he had cast Kapoor in a negative role he says, "Rishi is a fabulous actor and can do justice to any role. I love to pull his leg and imitate him. I am looking forward to shoot with him again after such a long gap."