20 Years of Hum Tum: Director Kunal Kohli Recalls Siddharth Anand Calling the Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji Starrer 'a Film for Sterling': 'Ye Picture Toh Nahi Chalne Waali' Would Be the Joke' 20: Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama - Latest Global News

20 Years of Hum Tum: Director Kunal Kohli Recalls Siddharth Anand Calling the Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji Starrer ‘a Film for Sterling’: ‘Ye Picture Toh Nahi Chalne Waali’ Would Be the Joke’ 20: Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama





Two decades ago, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji’s iconic Hum Tum redefined the romantic comedy genre in Hindi cinema. Today, on the film’s 20th anniversary, we revisit its journey, from initial doubts to a genre-defining success story. Director Kunal Kohli’s vision for Hum Tuminspired by When Harry met Sallywas initially met with skepticism. Co-writer Siddharth Anand and producer Yash Chopra found the script “too risky” due to its unconventional view of relationships.

20 years of Hum Tum: Director Kunal Kohli recalls Siddharth Anand calling Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji’s starrer “a film for Sterling”: “‘Ye picture toh nahi chalne waali’ would be the joke.”

“Yash Ji had even told Aditya Chopra that if he didn’t like the film, his name wouldn’t appear on it because he wasn’t initially convinced by the script or the cast,” Kunal recalled in an interview with Indian Express. Despite initial reservations, the final product impressed Yash Chopra. “When he saw it in the editing room, he called me and Adi,” says Kohli.

“He said, ‘You were both right, I am wrong. This is a beautiful film and I love it.’ I broke down and sobbed because he didn’t believe in the script and the cast,” Kunal added. Hum Tum was a critical and box office success and paved the way for the modern romantic comedy in Bollywood.

As the conversation continued, Kunal also explained how Siddharth Anand always joked about the film. He said, “Siddharth Anand was working with me then and he used to joke that this was a film for Sterling – a cinema in Mumbai that used to have late night screenings for niche films at 10:45 pm.”

He continued, “So he would joke that it’s a beautiful script but it will only work there as it’s not a mass film! ‘Ye picture toh nahi chalne waali’ would be the joke but I thought I had made a commercial film with Will you be friends with me? and it didn’t work, so let me do it now and try.”

Also Read: 18 Years of Hum Tum EXCLUSIVE: “We had approached Aamir Khan first. He was going through his divorce at the time; Hrithik Roshan had liked the script but had turned it down because he was delivering flops one after the other at the time” – Kunal Kohli

Other pages: Hum Tum Box Office Collection, Hum Tum Movie Review

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