Producer-Director Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Waqt – The race against time starring two superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar ends 16 glorious years on April 20 of this year, but the family drama continues to retain the same freshness, same emotions, and strong family values among moviegoers around the world even today.
Besides the film which does extremely well in all aspects, whether it is brilliant storytelling and staging, superlative performances (by Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Rajpal Yadav and Boman Irani), and a appropriate music, above all, he was on the screen of Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, father and son jodi after the success of Aankhen who made the cash registers ring. Besides Akshay-Priyanka’s searing chemistry, the songs in the film are still etched in the memories of many, especially the song Holi ‘Do me a favor – let’s play Holi“.
Speaking of the 16-year-old film’s ending, Vipul Shah shares an interesting anecdote: “While we were doing Aankhen, I had discussed a play written and directed by Aatish Kapadia, with Amit sir (Bachchan) and Akshay (Kumar). They both loved the story and we decided to make this movie. When I informed Amitji and Akshay that I was becoming a producer with this movie, they were both willing to waive their fees, but me and my partner (on the movie) Mr. Manmohan Shetty disagreed with it. That and paid them their compensation but the fact that such great superstars stood by my side and were even willing to waive their fees was a very touching and heartwarming gesture.
“Manmohan Shetty was the first person to support me and support me as a producer and it was another wonderful relationship that I developed with him, which is so warm and wonderful even today. This is how we started working on “Waqt – The Race Against Time” and my production banner, “Sunshine Pictures Private Limited” was also created. It will always be a very special film for me, ”adds the filmmaker.
Vipul Shah is currently working on two ambitious and contrasting projects simultaneously – a medical thriller titled Human (webcast) and Sanak (movie). While Human is an emotional drama on the stomach of human drug testing and the world of medical scam, Sanak is an intense and emotional action film.
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