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'I thought Saif would be very interesting in this role'

Your first film, Mujse Dosti Karoge, was a love triangle. Your second, Hum Tum, was a love story, and the third, Fanna, on terrorism. Now, a children's film?

Will you call Mr India a children's film? I think not. Fanaa was a love story, against the backdrop of terrorism.

But yes, all my films have different subjects, and I am happy about that.

Why did you repeat your Hum Tum cast, Rani and Saif?

It was an honour working with Kajol. But she was tied up with her home production, U Me Aur Hum. That's why we didn't even approach her. Aamir was also tied up. But I thought that this story was more suited for Saif. Whenever you put Saif in a new environment and role -- whether it is Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum, Parineeta, Omkara or Race -- he is always outshines. But if you repeat him, he is excellent but he doesn't shine over the others. I thought Saif would be very interesting in this role.

Sometimes, you don't get first or second choice. But your final choice turns out to be the best. Saif was the first choice for Thoda Pyaar but he wasn't for Hum Tum. We went to Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Vivek Oberoi. After that, we went to Saif. But now, you can't think of Hum Tum without Saif

Rani is a very talented actress.

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