Producer-director Indra Kumar’s daughter Shweta has been confirmed as the leading lady opposite Himesh Reshammiya in Satish Kaushik’s version of Subhash Ghai’s 1977 blockbuster Karz..
Confirming not just the leading lady, but also the rest of the cast Himesh speaking from Hong Kong said, “Yes Indra Kumar’s daughter is playing Tina Munim’s part from the original.
Urmila Matondkar plays Simi Garewal’s part.
Danny Denzongpa will step into Pran’s role. Gulshan Grover is playing Premnath’s prat. And Raj Babbar is stepping into Pinchoo Kapoor’s character.
Finally, Rohini Hattangadi will be playing Durga Khote’s part.”
Adds Satish Kaushik, “Indra Kumar and I’ve worked together in a large number of projects as director-actor.
He was supposed to launch his daughter in a home production. But then he thought Karzzz was an ideal vehicle for Shweta. He’ll be making a film for her later.”
Satish turns nostalgic. “You know I’ve worked with Sridevi, Tabu, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Shilpa Shetty, Sonali Bhendre, Mahima Chowdhary, Bhoomika and Ayesha Takiya.
I introduced Tabu in Prem and Bhoomika in Tere Naam. This year I’m introducing Sheena Shahabadi in Tere Sang and now Shweta Kumar in Karzzz.
I guess I’m lucky for the heroines. And they’re lucky for me.”
Continues Kaushik, “I’m getting Saroj Khanji who choreographed my very first song with Sridevi in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja to choreograph at least some of the dances in my Karzzz.
I’ve just finalized locations in in South Africa and parts of Africa. We’ll be shooting in Mombasa, Cape Town among other places.”
He’s all praise for Himesh. “He’s so full of energy and gusto, it’s a pleasure just watching him compose his songs and preparing for his part.
I’ve a feeling me and Himesh will create something special in Karzzz. We aren’t trying to compete with Subhash Ghai’s Karz.We’re doing our own thing.”
As for the original Kamini, Simi Garewal’s comment that Sushmita Sen would’ve been far better than Urmila Matondkar as the new-millenium Kamini, Satish laughs, “Actually there’s a romantic angle to the character’s relationship with the hero that wasn’t there in the original.
Himesh romancing Sushmita wouldn’t have worked.”