Articles About Samir Karnik

Karnik made his directorial debut with the film Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… in 2004 starring Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi. He produced and directed the multi- starrer Heroes with Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and others in 2008. The film failed to do much at the box-office. He has also written the story and dialogues of some of his films.

He came to limelight with romantic-comedy Yamla Pagla Deewana starring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. The film was one of the biggest hits of 2011. His upcoming film is Chaar Din Ki Chandni starring Tusshar and Kulraj Randhawa.

Samir Karnik - The Director Of Indian Film

Samir Karnik, is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter of Hindi movies. Karnik made his directorial debut with the film Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... in 2004 starring Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi. He produced and directed the film Heroes in 2008. He has also written the story and dialogues of some of his movies. If producer Vikas Kapoor and director Samir Karnik (the Heroes pair) can be expected to fulfill their next dream, the most expensive film ever made in Indian cinema.

'I still don't know how to take a shot'

Long before Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... became one of the most talked about films of the year, Samir Karnik was studying international relations in Washington, DC.

He wanted to be a troubleshooter at the United Nations, solving international disputes.

  After completing his studies, he decided he didn't want to be a diplomat. 

He wanted to be in showbiz.

In 1996, he returned to Mumbai to pursue his dreams and joined Vidhu Vinod Chopra as an assistant director on Kareeb.

"Whatever I learnt about international relations was a waste," Karnik told News Editor (Entertainment)

Syed Firdaus Ashraf.

After Kareeb, Samir got an offer to run a television station in Tanzania. "I chilled out in Dar-es-Salam (the capital of Tanzania). I did a lot of exciting things. But after four years, I told myself this is not what I was supposed to do. I left my studies to become a director. So what happened to that dream?" he recalls.

So he returned to Mumbai in 2002, script in hand, to make a film.

Now, he needed a producer and a cast.

"When I look back, I feel my life went from bad to worse in two years. Now, finally, I am happy," says the debutant director.

KHGN stars Amitabh Bachchan Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi, and is produced by Boney Kapoor .

How did you get such big stars to work in your first film?

In 2002, after I had written my script, I went to meet a friend on the sets of Saathiya .I saw a familiar face on the sets. Suddenly, I remembered and shouted, 'Hey Oberoi! What are you doing here?'

It was Vivek Oberoi, my school friend from Mayo College, Ajmer. I learnt he had become an actor. I had no idea because I was in Tanzania, and was not in touch with the Indian film industry. He told me his first film Company had released, and that I must watch it.

He asked me what I was doing on the sets. I told him I had come to meet another friend. I had a script and plans to direct a film. He read my script and wanted to be a part of my film.

Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan

I paged Aishwarya's secretary Hari Singh. He used to carry a pager then. Hari Singh always responds to messages. He fixed up a meeting with Aishwarya. She also liked the script and wanted to be a part of the film.

The same happened with Amitabh Bachchan. I faxed my message to his secretary Rosy a couple of times. Then she arranged a meeting. I was very lucky.

Director Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana is a film that, if made with restraint and a lot of editing, might have been a laugh riot. As it is, it is an overlong, tiresome watch, with the Garam Dharam taking the back seat and the young gun Bobby Deol leading the show.

Bobby Deol? Now, what’s one memorable moment from him that can be spoofed with us not failing to notice the gag? Big Brother Sunny Deol has had his ‘dhai kilo ka haath’ and ‘tareekh pe tareekh’. Papa Dharmendra has had his desi daru guzzling sher who pummels the opponents like they were mosquitoes.

Sunny, who comes up with the best performance of the trio, is relegated to being a second fiddle, flexing muscles and helping the young bro in love.

It’s an unabashed celebration of everything Punjabi and you’d be a twit to expect some refined humour here. But when you see the three Deols grooving to Dharmendra’s signature dance from the ‘Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana’ song from the 1975 comedy Pratigya, some of your money is sure vasool-ed.