He’s known for his massy romantic appeal, and she’s known as the ‘thinking’ actress, Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan get talking on what got them going together on Tum Mile, a love story set against the 26/7 Mumbai floods
Tum Mile is a love story set against a very unconventional backdrop. What convinced you to be part of the project?
Emraan Hashmi: Kunal (Deshmukh) had approached me for this film even before Jannat. It sounded great in terms of concept; apart from being an interesting love story, it also had the flood backdrop which I believe was a major selling point. But at that point in time, I had a couple of films that did not fare too well at the box-office. I was consciously looking at a film that could be made with a moderate budget and hence, make it easier to recover the cost at the box-office. So we made Jannat and Raaz 2 with which we got the budget we needed for this film.
Soha Ali Khan: When I choose to do a film, it is not that I consciously want to avoid commercial or massy films. But my priority has always been the script and my role. Compared to a producer, my interest in the film’s commercial appeal is limited to my compensation. It was the same case with Tum Mile. The fact that it was being produced by Vishesh Films, who are known for marketing their films well and enjoy a good success ratio served as an incentive. Everyone wants more people to go and watch their film since a lot of effort goes into the process.
Working with a one-film old director requires immense faith in his capabilities. What was your first impression of Kunal ?
Emraan: I first met him on the sets of Zeher while he was an assistant director. At that point, he was still learning the ropes and we did not interact much for me to know his script sense. I just found him to be a sensible person. But later when he narrated this film, I knew he had a very commercial yet different sense of filmmaking.
Soha: I first met Kunal at a party where he was having a few drinks since he was celebrating the success of Jannat (laughs). He looked like someone who was very passionate about his work at a young age. Even though