“The moment reports started trickling in that David had indeed returned to his roots and made a rib tickling affair that was in line with his cinema of the 90s, it was clear that the director had delivered a winner. While the film stars largely newcomers, superstar Salman Khan – who has collaborated with Dhawan in quite a few films right through his career – promptly congratulated the filmmaker for coming up with an entertaining affair. He had liked what he had seen in the promos of Chashme Baddoor and though he is yet to see the film himself, he could gauge from the positive reports that it was a winner,” says a source.
Incidentally, the last success that Dhawan had delivered was with Salman himself in the form of Partner (2007). Though during the six years gone by had been professionally low for Dhawan with Do Knot Disturb and Rascals not doing well and Hook Ya Crook getting stuck without being completed, it was a matter of time before the filmmaker returned to form.
“Salman knew that. After all, it was Dhawan’s Judwaa which had brought a turnaround in his career as well. Together they went on to deliver successes like Biwi No. 1, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Partner later. He never doubted that David would strike back in a big way one day”, the source continues.
When contacted, Dhawan said in his characteristic ‘andaaz’, “Salman is happy with the fact that at the end of the day, audience does recognize talent. He and his family are very happy with the film doing well. Others from the industry as well as outside have been calling. In my career so far, I haven’t got as many congratulatory calls as for ‘Chashme Baddoor’.”
Personally for him, the comeback has been as sweet as it gets.
“One has to move on with times. I have realised that and hence brought in the kind of elements in ‘Chashme Baddoor’ that would work with all segments of audience across age groups”, he adds, “However I wanted to keep my basics intact from the direction perspective. It is heartening to see the film work too.”
We too are equally happy as an audience!
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder