The wait is over for Umesh Shukla. Three years after delivering a Superhit OMG – Oh My God! (2012), the filmmaker now returns with All Is Well. Instead of getting trapped into the genre of religion and satire, he has moved on to make a light hearted family drama instead with Abhishek Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor.
Back then, OMG – Oh My God! had taken a low opening of just a little over 4 crore. However, it had managed to do a business of over 20 times as the lifetime total went on to cross the 81 crore mark; an amazing feat indeed. Such was the kind of hype that the film managed to create purely on the basis of word of mouth that despite Akshay Kumar in just a special appearance and Paresh Rawal being the hero of the show, the film went on to gain a Superhit tag.
Now that All Is Well stars Abhishek Bachchan as a solo lead four years after Game, Umesh isn’t thinking about it much.
“It is producers who think about solo lead and all. When I script a film, I don’t think much about such matters. When I write, I think about characters,” says Umesh Shukla.
He goes on to add, “In any case, Every Friday, things change. In OMG – Oh My God!, Paresh Rawal was the hero and Akshay had just an eight days role. People got to know about it in the first show and even then they were fine because everything was fitting in well into the overall content. Same is the case with All Is Well too. I know that the content is strong here as well.”
As for Abhishek’s spearheading the show, Umesh is happy with what he got from the actor.
“For an actor, to play a passive character is more difficult than being active,” the director says, “Abhishek has played a brooding character so very well in films like Guru and Yuva. Now he would be seen in a new avtar in All Is Well.”
We would know once the film releases this Friday.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder