Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah has always believed in bringing something new and different to audiences every time, and audiences are always eagerly awaiting its next release. The successful director is very excited about today’s date as it marks the 19th anniversary of his first multi-star blockbuster, ‘Aankhen’ (2002), in which mega-star Amitabh Bachchan in a never-before-seen role alongside other stars like Akshay Kumar can be seen, Arjun Rampal, Sushmita Sen and Paresh Rawal.
While the film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year, Vipul Shah reveals an interesting anecdote about the perception of the film and the industry in relation to his decision as a filmmaker to experiment with a multi-star cast movie.
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Vipul Shah informs: “When ‘Aankhen’ was filmed, many people in the industry had bet that the film would be a super flop because Mr. Amitabh Bachchan played a rather negative shade of gray for the first time, Akshay Kumar had no romantic trace and all three Heroes were blind – Akshay, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal. Sushmita Sen had a romantic lead with Arjun, who was a relatively new hero. These were the reasons I have been given by various people that if you make this film it will be a total disaster. I’ve been warned that with such a large cast, if my film doesn’t do well, my filmmaking career will be over. I didn’t hear about it because I had nothing to lose. I just wanted to make a film that I believed in, and I didn’t even think about success or failure at the time because I just wanted to make the film the way I saw it. “
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“Fortunately, ‘Aankhen’ was released for all of us and it became a huge hit. It was amazing to see the reactions from the people in the theaters. I think everyone was surprised, even the flop pandits were surprised too. The success of the film strengthened my belief that you should just go ahead and experiment. Some of them will work, others may not. But unless you keep experimenting, you won’t break new ground. With ‘Aankhen’ we broke new ground in Hindi cinema and it’s just one of those films that has grown bigger and bigger for the audience and their love with every passing year. I am very happy because today is the release of my first film and it will always be a very important day of 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 about the underbelly of human drug testing and the ‘ Sanak ‘is an intense, emotional action film.