Filmmaker Vipul Shah wore the producer’s hat for the first time with the 2005 Amitabh Bachchan-Akshay Kumar starrer film “Waqt: The Race Against Time”. He remembers how the two supermarkets offered not to pay for their work in the film, in order to support it.
Shah recalls offering the film to both actors while they were working on his 2002 directorial venture “Aankhen”.
As “Waqt” closes 16 years of release on Tuesday, Shah says: “While we were doing Aankhen, I had discussed a play written and directed by Aatish Kapadia, with Amit sir (Bachchan) and Akshay (Kumar). They both loved the story and we decided to make this movie. “
“When I informed Amitji and Akshay about me becoming a producer with this film, they were both prepared to waive their fees, but my partner (on the film) Mr Manmohan Shetty and I did not agree with it, and pay their recognition. But the fact that such large supermarkets were standing next to me and willing to surrender their fees was a very moving and heartbreaking gesture, ”said the filmmaker.
Later, Shah went on to produce hits such as “Force”, “Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty” and “Singh Is Kinng” among others.
He remembers the support he received from Manmohan Shetty. “Manmohan Shetty was the first person to support me and back as a producer, and that’s another amazing relationship that I developed that is still warm and wonderful even today. That’s how we set up how on ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ my Sunshine Pictures Private Limited production banner was set up. It’s always going to be a very special film for me, ”adds the filmmaker, who is currently co-directing the web show“ Human ”and producing the film“ Sanak ”.
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