I came back with a bang
From the beginning of my career Ive strived for variety and versitality but the inexplicable failure of Lamhe and 1942 A Love Story had, I must admit, rattled me. I had a very different filmVirasat coming up in 1997 and I had decided that if it didnt work, Id do some serious rethinking about my strategy.
The year didnt begin very encouragingly. Judaai failed to get an initial and Boney and I were worried. When we made a Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja people said it was a film with no soul. And when we made a Judaai which relied entirely on an unorthodox story, the verdict still wasnt in our favour. What were we to do? Fortunately, the collections started picking up after a few weeks and Judaai went on to become the surprise hit of the year and vindicated our confidence in the unusual and the untried. The success of Virasat and Deewana Mastana which were also not your usual masala movies I dont usually do them anyway was also very heartening. It proved that God wanted me to take on challenging roles.
All my three releases in 1997 were very different films one was a womans film, the other a social and the third a comedy. And in all three films my involvement in all departments of film-making had been 100 per cent. Im glad my hard work has paid off. My new years resolution? Well, every year Ill make one, or may be even two, off-beat films. Though Id been almost written off, I came back with a bang.
The trade wasnt very encouraging. They didnt think the film would run. But I was confident. When the advance booking counters opened I personally visited some of the major theatres and was thrilled by the overwhelming response. It got a record opening and proved that Yash Chopra hasnt lost his touch. Dilwale Dulhaniya... also completed 100 days so there was cause for double celebrations.
Among the major achievements of 1997 was bagging an R.K. film, Aa Ab Laut Chalein. Working for an R.K. banner was like a dream come true for us. We also recorded a song sung by the master qawwal, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for Venus and Dharmesh Darshans Dhadkan. We had the good fortune of working with a legend like Nusratji . We signed two prestigious films, Tips Soldier and Dil Hai Tumhara. We have given good music for Shabnam Kapoors forthcoming Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chaila and Suresh Grovers Juaa. Our music for the Govinda-Mamta Kulkarni-starrer Naseeb has just been released. I can confidently say that the music we have composed for Boney Kapoors untitled film, starring Sanjay Kapoor and Priya Gill, will again create history. And our music for ABCLs Saat Rang Ke Sapne is already on the channels and is winning hearts.
I will be completing the music for Sattoo Singhs Saawan and K.C. Bokadias untitled film. In the next year, I will complete all our incomplete films, but wont take on any new assignments till the case is decided.
Professionally, its been a good year. Both my films with David Dhawan, Hero No. 1 and Deewana Mastana were very successful and David and I continue to have an unblemished track record. Weve had eight hits in a row now. Its beginning to get very scary. Expectations have become sky high. What will happen if we trip? Lekin iss saal to bach gaye. Hopefully, Banarasi Babu will be another hit. I have my fingers crossed.
Personally, we were rather low at the beginning of the year. We were still very upset that our much loved mother was no longer with us. But now, slowly, were beginning to start living our life again. My son and daughter have been a great source of joy to me and with mas blessings, I hope well continue to prosper.