Boney Kapoor, who has three films including Wanted (featuring Salman Khan) and It's My Life (with Hurman Baweja in his comeback role) ready for release, is at the moment focusing entirely on giving Milenge Milenge a 2009 look.
And for this purpose the Milenge Milenge crew recently slipped into Delhi to re-shoot portions of the film that might have got dated.
Says the film's director Satish Kaushik, "Yes, we have re-shot portions of Milenge Milenge in Delhi. The entire film is set in Delhi, just like my other hit film Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai with Kareena. In fact, I was supposed to do another film with Kareena (Dil Chor with Abhishek Bachchan) for Boney. Instead we did Milenge Milenge." Interestingly, it was Kareena who recommended Shahid for the role. But her personal relationship never interfered with the project.
Explains Satish, "Both Kareena and Shahid have been complete professionals. If Milenge Milenge has taken so long to be completed, it's not because of the artistes. Everything from my personal family problems to Tsunami happened to Milenge Milenge. One schedule in Bangkok got cancelled at the last minute. Tsunami struck and everyone got washed away in the tides where we were supposed to shoot. If the film could survive Tsunami, what's a bit of negativity about a delayed project? Pakeezah and Mughal-e-Azam were in the making for decades."
Another Tsunami hit Milenge Milenge when Salman Khan who was supposed to make a special appearance opted out because he discovered he couldn't get along with Shahid Kapoor.
Far from putting the project on the back burner, producer Boney Kapoor and director Satish Kaushik are more determined than ever before to release Milenge Milenge, which is their version of Peter Chelsom's 2001 rom-com Serendipity, this summer. The Shahid Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor starrer is about two people involved elsewhere who after a chance encounter decide to give their feeling for one another a chance to grow.