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Mallika adds oomph to Mughal-E-Azam

If you have been wondering what Mallika Sherawat has been up to, the actress has been busy putting on Madhubala's shoes for her new film, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam.

But writer-director Sanjay Chhel says that his new film is not a remake or a spoof of K Asif's classic. In fact, it's a black comedy, costarring Paresh Rawal, Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon and Pavan Malhotra.

Chhel, who has directed films like Khoobsurat (1999) and Kya Dil Ne Kaha (2002), talks about his upcoming, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam.

Why did you wait six years before you took up Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam?

My last film Kya Dil Ne Kaha, with Tusshar Kapoor and Esha Deol, did not do well, and that made it difficult for me to get a foothold as a director. But I decided I would only do a film that would appeal to me. I did get offers from banners like Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts but I was not inspired by the stories. So I waited.

I was doing well as a writer. I have spent over 20 years writing movies. Age was on my side so I thought I should wait for the right opportunity.

Text: Patcy N

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