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'Kanchipuram' is to satisfy my own emotions: Priyadarshan

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 (IANS) Having directed several mainstream movies, mostly comedies, in Bollywood, Priyadarshan is now making a film for his own satisfaction.

2007-10-26T08:11:00Z

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 (IANS) Having directed several mainstream movies, mostly comedies, in Bollywood, Priyadarshan is now making a film for his own satisfaction.

'Kanchipuram' will be free of any commercial ingredients, he says.

He is finishing the dubbing of the film, which is about the weavers of Kanchipuram and set in the period between 1942 and 1957.

'I always do films for others but this is for me...to satisfy my emotions and feelings. I have two more scripts ready. One is on AIDS and another on female infanticide, which I will produce and direct myself,' said Priyan.

Critics and audiences alike have panned his recent release 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', but Priyadarshan says he is contented and doesn't aspire to achieve anything more in commercial cinema.

'I have nothing more to achieve in commercial films after 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa',' said Priyadarshan, who earlier churned out comedies like 'Hera Pheri' and 'Garam Masala'.

The Akshay Kumar-Vidya Balan-Shiney Ahuja starrer is about black magic and para-psychology. It is a remake of a Malayalam film 'Manichithrathazhu', which Priyadarshan co-directed with Fazil that starred Mohanlal and Shobhana.

'Without doubt this is the biggest achievement in my life and I knew this film would click because something unusual always attracts attention,' Priyan told IANS.

Shobhana and Fazil's reaction has made him happier. While Shobhana said the Hindi version is better, Fazil feels technically 'Bhool Bhulaiya' is far superior to 'Manichithrathazhu'.

Priyan retained the major thread line of the original story. He changed just 30 percent of the content for the sake of Hindi audiences.

Brushing aside reports that he is only a remake man, Priyadarshan says such comments don't bother him because the Oscar last year went to the remake version of a Hong Kong film.

'As far as a director is concerned, the approach to a film is more important and also doing justice to the film. All other things are secondary.'

He has five mega projects lined up.

Priyadarshan was in town to finalise the location for a song for 'Mere Baap Pahela Aap' in which Akshaye Khanna, Om Puri and Genelia D'Souza will be seen in key roles.

'After that I have finalised a script for a film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Akshaye. The story is about bank robbery. I'm directing it for Percept Pictures.'

Next year he will return to Malayalam films to direct veteran scriptwriter M.T. Vasudevan Nair's next script, which would star Mohanlal in the lead.

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