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MKD Films, the banner under which Manmohan Desai, the father of Bollywood masala entertainers had produced hits like Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, Coolie and Toofan is all set to make a comeback.
Son Ketan Desai and granddaughter Pooja Desai will be reviving the banner after almost a decade of slumber. As the first step, the banner will produce a Marathi film, disclosed Ketan’s close source.
After Manmohan Desai’s demise in 1994, the prospering production house slumped with just two releases, Deewana Mastana in 1997 and Yeh Hai Jalwa in 2002.Ketan Desai will revive father Manmohan Desai’s banner, MKD Films. A poster of Toofan, Coolie and Amar Akbar Anthony made by MKD Films
When we spoke to Pooja, she admitted that they are indeed bringing the banner back to life. “Yes that’s true. But the right person to give you complete details is my father,” she said over the phone.
“The film stars Ashok Saraf and Subodh Bhave. Sonali Kulkarni who had acted in Natarang is the female lead. Rajesh Deshpande is directing it and I will be the creative director,” revealed Ketan.
So what urged him to revive the banner with a Marathi film? “It was my father’s dying wish to make a film in Marathi as he owed everything that he was to Maharashtra,” replied Manmohan Desai’s son.
“The mahurat will take place on April 25. And if health permits, Shammi Kapoor will be giving the first clap to kickstart the film,” informed More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; November 13, 2010
Sushmita Sen’s directorial debut on Rani Laxmibai’s life unfortunately does not have an epic budget. She recently had a fallout with its producer Ketan Desai after he insisted the expenditure be drastically cut down.
Ketan feels Sush is spending a bit too lavishly on the project.
The producer says, “I want to make Jhansi Ki Rani with Sushmita. But she should work on the budget again.
It is too high.” But doesn’t a period film need that kind of expenditure on creating sets, collating cast and crew, spending on special effects? The producer says, “I can understand the reasons.
But we should also look at finances.” In the same breath Ketan adds, “The script however is so good that I was very pleased after reading it.
In fact, Ketan is all praises for Sush as a director as well. He says, “Only Sushmita can direct the movie well because I have seen the enthusiasm in her work.
She is the scriptwriter and knows well how to shape her movie.
She also looks like a rani.” Obviously, she would like to spend like one, right Ketan?
—Vivek Kar / Sanskriti Media & Entertainment