After Hum Tum and Fanaa, director Kunal Kohli is back with his new film, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. He clears the air about rumours that his film was inspired from Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee and Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke.
He talks to Patcy N and gives us a sneak preview into the film.
How did the idea of Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic come into your mind?
Contrary to the popular belief, it is not by watching a DVD of Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee or Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke. I donít know why you're not given credit if you think of something on your own.
I was thinking about what happens to us when we are in trouble. Who helps us out? Who comes into our lives and makes it better? How come sometimes, when we are really going through a bad phase, something happens and makes life better. There is some magic in our lives. And we are not talking about magicians. There is a guardian angel looking after us. Most of the time, the angel is amongst us, and it could be anyone. That's how the story started developing.
What is the film about?
The film is about four orphans, who are very angry with Saif. They plot revenge against Saif. Mary Poppins and Nanny McPhee don't have four orphans. In Hum Hai Rahi Pyaar Ke, the kids don't hate Aamir, and there's no angel either.
There are about nine or 13 main stories, and everything comes within that parameter. So it's unfair to say that a film is copied. You can draw parallels to the film after you watch it, I'm fine with that.
You found it difficult to think of a good title for the film. Why?
I wanted a title which said something about our lives, not only about the film. I want to believe that Thoda Pyaar will touch people, as it is a heart warming film.
After watching the film, you should say, 'Kash mere zindagi mein bhi thoda pyaar thoda magic hota.'
So who helped you with the title?
I was working on the film's promo, where Rishi Kapoor's voice says, 'Hum sab ki zindagi main thodi pyaas honi chahiye, unhe mitane ke liye hume chahiye thodi si madat, thoda sa pyaar, thoda sa magic'. So the publicity designer picked up those lines and put it on the logo. That's how we got Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic.