Shammi Kapoor hasn't lost his zeal for life. This was quite evident when the cast and crew of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na visited his home for the music launch of the film...
Enjoying this Saturday morning. Have a few boxes remaining to unpack, so I'll get to them while listening once more to a few new music albums, and hope to share a music review or two over the weekend. Promise to discuss Love Story 2050, which releases on July 4 as well, in addition to the film that is the subject of this post.
The official website of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is finally up at http://www.jaanetu.com; the bits of the storyline and characters that are revealed leads one to believe it will be maha-interesting (i.e. very interesting) and well worth looking forward to. The website is beautifully done -- a music player is present at every page (here is my music review), and its theme is consistent with the music disc artwork (not something to take for granted, believe it or not). Downloads include trailers for the iPod and iPhone, last seen on the Taare Zameen Par website.
For now, here are a few notes by producer Aamir Khan on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na from this link:
"Taking over as director of TZP changed my life in many ways. One of the immediate ramifications was that I was no longer available to Jaane Tu... as a producer. Jaane Tu... is important to me for more reasons than one. The obvious reason is lmran, but the more delicate one is that this would be the first film from Aamir Khan Productions which I would not be acting in. As a production house we intend to produce many films which won't have me in the cast, and theses films are as important to me as the ones I act in. I believe my involvement as producer is as important to me as my involvement as an actor. Basically I am extremely particular about anything which has my name on it. Which is why when I took over as director of TZP, I had no choice but to indefinitely delay Jaane Tu... unless I found someone to take over from me, someone whose creative instincts I trusted as much as my own. For paranoid freaks like me that's not an easy one.
In fact there is only one person I trust more than myself in the business of filmmaking and that is Mansoor. But how does one get him to take over? The good old reliable method of course...emotional blackmail!
Mansoor who is taking an indefinite break from films, and who I have been trying in vain to lure back into making films is not an easy nut to crack. But I have been known to be persuasive. Bloodhound is how I am described by my near and dear ones, once I smell blood I don't let go, no matter how impossible the chase.
Well, Mansoor was kind enough to say yes. "Only the shooting stage," he grumbled. "Yes, yes," I said, "I'll handle the rest."
Mansoor was a godsend for us. And I pray that having spent these months with us afflicted people the germs would have gotten into him once again. Cinema is a very contagious disease, so please remember to thank me, folks, when he makes his comeback film. In the meantime my thanks to Abbas and his young team of actors and technicians for giving Aamir Khan Productions a film that I have absolutely no hesitation in putting my name to."
And here is a video of Aamir at the music launch in which he discusses some of this. The video can be thought of as one following the video shared in this post devoted to the music launch.