Best known for his hits Andaaz, Lootere, Ek Rishtaa, Jaanwar, among several others, filmmaker Suneel Darshan is now back after a break of nearly five years. “After working untiringly for over two decades in the industry, I decided to take a break. The hiatus turned out to be a long one as I was waiting for the right motivation to make a film,” says the producer who’s successfully launched several new faces in the past including Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta.
The motivation to return, reveals Darshan, was an oppurtunity to launch another new talent, this time his son Shiv Darshan, who is making his debut in Karle Pyar Karle. However, the decision to cast Shiv was not driven by the love of a doting dad alone, insists the filmmaker.
“My love for him as a father is within the four walls of our house. As a filmmaker, I was quite objective in casting him. I have launched so many new faces, so why should I deprive myself of an opportunity to launch this promising actor, who happens to be my son,” says Darshan.
Shiv, on his end doesn’t take his launch for granted either. “Shiv is the fourth generation to step into the industry. Inspite of this, I have seen him invest a lot of time, effort and work in honing his talents. He has the spark that I saw in many top stars of today when they were in the nascent stages. Hopefully, Shiv will be in it for the long run,” adds the producer.
Talking about the film, Darshan shares that the film belongs to the romantic genre. “But it’s a very contemporary romance. The film has been to a great extent inspired by Shiv’s personality and so it’s very youth-centric. I do believe that somewhere the personality inspires the graph and flavour. Like Mr Bachchan’s personality was the soul of Ek Rishtaa, Sunny was an inspiration for his films, and Akshay’s different facets of personality were explored in different films distinctly. So in Karle... the tone is far from mushy, it is very contemporary and something that today’s generation will easily relate to,” elaborates Darshan.
Excited about his latest outing, the filmmaker says that it is also humbling to see his son so driven to make a mark. “I see a hunger and a drive in him. We have shot for a week now and I feel, my son or not, he was the right choice for the film,” smiles Darshan.