Fenil and Bollywood

Lady Luck favours those with passion-Dhilin Mehta (producer of Luck)

Posted on: July 26, 2009


ALL SET: Shruti Haasan with Dhilin Mehta
Dhilin Mehta, Bollywood’s biz wiz kid whose film releases today, reveals his success mantra

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; July 24, 2009)


Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.’s new film Luck releases worldwide today, and you may place your bets on Dhilin Mehta, the production house’s MD, becoming the next big business honcho to watch out for in Bollywood!


Young and talented, he took over the reins immediately after graduating from B-School, and since then has taken the company to new heights with a spate of blockbuster family entertainers like Golmaal, Bhagam Bhag, Jab We Met and Golmaal Returns.


Of today’s release, starring Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Mithun Chakraborthy, Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kissen and Chitrashi Rawat, Dhilin promised, “Luck is a complete thriller and will keep audiences at the edge of their seats. The intriguing theme of human betting combined with the eclectic combination of talents makes it a perfect entertainer. The stars have performed some extraordinary death-defying stunts and that is the highlight of the film.”


But director Soham Shah offered another take: “Behind every big film you require a bigger producer who shares the same vision and has faith in his director. The
ideas of ‘luck’ and ‘betting’ apply very aptly to filmmaking where producers like Dhilin put such enormous sums of money in a project that they believe in.”


And Soham’s right, from getting custom-made gold and diamond accessories for Sanjay Dutt to calling for paragliding experts from different parts of the world for an action scene, Dhilin has spared no expense to satisfy his director’s creative requirements.


Rohit Shetty, who’s worked with the production house for Golmaal and Golmaal Retuns, said, “They go
with the director’s conviction. It’s been a fabulous experience and I hope it continues with Golmaal 3, which we intend to start very soon.”


Likewise, Imtiaz Ali, who shot to fame after his film Jab We Met, praised Dhilin, “Working with Shree Ashtavinayak was extremely smooth and hassle-free and that was an important reason behind the success of the film.”


Dhilin, however, described his success mantra as being “all about vision, passion and having a sound business strategy”. The filmmaker, who has projects like Blue, Run Bhola Run and Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh releasing this year, added, tongue firmly in cheek, “Of course, it is always important to have that ‘Luck’ factor favouring you!”

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