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'Hello is my redemption project'

All you fans of Chetan Bhagat's books may be curious of the two films adapted from his novels.

While Raj Kumar Hirani of the Munna Bhai series' fame is making 3 Idiots, an adaptation of Bhagat's bestseller, Five Point Someone, Atul Agnihotri is ready with Hello, an adaptation of the writer's other bestseller, One Night @ A Call Centre.

Atul talks to Nithya Ramani about the film, and why he may never make more films if Hello does not do well.

You're back after a long time.

During my acting days, in the 1980s and 1990s, there were many senseless films made that didn't give me satisfaction. So I took some time off to set things right. That's when I decided to make Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha. But things weren't under my control and I didn't feel responsible for the film. I was not involved in the post-production or the promotion of the film. The film didn't do well and it was a big failure for me as a director.

After that, it got difficult to get back into films for a while. Hello is my redemption project. A lot of work, theory and lessons of life have gone into making Hello.

Why did you decide on making a film based on a book?

Books make very good cinema. I thought if a book by an Indian writer can attract so much fame, it would be great to make it into a film.

Also Read: One Night @ Bollywood!


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