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'I didn't choose Aishwarya. Umrao Jaan chose her'

November 02, 2006
When director J P Dutta, best known for making war films like Border, LoC and Refugee, turns to something like Umrao Jaan, the speculation and interest are evident.

Not bothered by comparisons to Muzaffar Ali's 1981 adaptation of the same name, the 55-year-old director measures his film by Mirza Mohammed Haadi Ruswa's Urdu novel, Umrao Jaan Ada. And, as he tells Syed Firdaus Ashraf and Priyanka Jain, he hates the word 'remake.'

You've been away for some time now. How did this film bring you out of hibernation?

There's a difference between a tiger and a donkey: A tiger hunts when he is hungry, and once he has eaten he takes a break and goes into his cave. He comes out only when he is hungry. I love to work when I feel excited about something.

I am not worried about how many films I do in how many years, but I must give a 110%. One should be ready physically and mentally to do a film. It is difficult to recharge your batteries, therefore I didn't make a film for that long.

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