'Kal Ho Naa Ho' has completed 20 years today. The rom-com helmed by Nikkhil Advani starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. The cult movie was Nikkhil's directorial debut and was a blockbuster. His last romantic comedy was 'Katti Batti' in 2015 post which he never directed a romantic comedy. In an interview, the 'D-Day' director revealed he won't direct a rom-com again. Read on to know the reason.
On 'Kal Ho Naa Ho', he told Hindustan Times, ''For a debut director to be given Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan, Anil Mehta as the DoP, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as music composers, Javed Akhtar as the lyricist, New York City as the canvas to play with, I think it's a dream, right? I'm extremely honoured and grateful for every moment of Kal Ho Naa Ho. I wouldn't be here having this conversation of having completed 20 years, had it not been for Kal Ho Naa Ho''.
Nikkhil also shared his working experience with Dharma Productions and how it shaped him as a filmmaker. He said that working with Dharma Productions for seven years and with Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj Films, allowed him to become a more astute producer. ''When I'm working with younger directors at Emmay Entertainment, it allows me to helm, guide and steer their projects in a direction that's required in terms of production, music, wherever they need my assistance and support,'' he added.
When asked if he would love to return to the genre of rom-com again, the 'Mumbai Diaries' director said, ''No'' and added, ''I haven't gotten past it. I'm not sure if I'd like to do a rom-com per se.'' However, he said he would like to do a mature romance.
''Yash Chopra defined it very well with the Amitabh Bachchan-Rakhee track in Kabhi Kabhie (1976), even with Kaala Patthar (1979). I have a yearning to tell that kind of a mature love story, but definitely not a rom-com,'' said Nikkhil.