For Bollywood producer Atul Agnihotri, it was a major gamble to work with ‘almost’ newcomers after earning a super-hit with Salman Khan’s Bodyguard. After all, with industry being obsessed with 100 crore hits, it’s kind of obvious to roll into a big money game all over again. Instead, Atul decided to bring in a completely different approach! He took a leap of faith and decided to work on film that promised good entertainment, than go for a movie which will give cash registers ringing but have a larger than life story.
“Every film dictates its own star cast. For O TERI, it made sense to have youngsters who were not too exposed to the audience. On the other hand it was also imperative that they were likeable and suited the kind of zany narrative that O TERI promised. With the kind of special bond that Salman shares with Pulkit Samrat (the BITTOO BOSS/FUKREY actor also had an impressive cameo to enact in JAI HO) and newcomer Bilal Amrohi being close to the Khan household as well, the principle cast was well in place,” informs a source close to the makers.
Atul is very happy that his movie is being talked about world over for all the right reasons..
“It is always a good sign when the film turns out exactly the way you wanted it to,” says Atul who entrusted first time director Umesh Bist to be in charge of affairs, “The idea was to create a very good visibility for O TERI and then let audience word of mouth spread further. BODYGUARD was an action-romantic-musical and now O TERI is a zany roller coaster fun comedy. As a producer, every film is special.”