Ajay Devgn’s Close Associate & Producer Kumar Mangat On The Look-Out For New Talent

Ajay Devgn
MUMBAI: There is a long queue of  filmmakers waiting to start their films with Ajay Devgn. These include his long-term friend and collaborator Kumar Mangat. Mangat has partnered and managed Devgn’s career since the actor started acting. Mangat turned producer with Prakash Jha’s Ajay Devgn-Kajol starrer 1999 starrer Dil Kya Kare and has since then produced a number of films featuring Devgn.

With  Devgn’s fortunes skyrocketing in recent times Kumar Mangat has no choice but to look at  new talent. Last year he produced the sleeper hit Pyaar Ka Punchnaama featuring six newcomers. One of the debutant actors Divyendu Sharma is now playing one of the leads in David Dhawan’s remake of Chashme Buddoor.

Kumar Mangat has instead assigned Luv Ranjan to write and direct a  film with one of the three leads pairs of Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The film entitled Akaash Vani is currently being secretly  shot in Delhi by Luv Ranjan. It features the pair Kartikeya Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha who played Rajat and Neha in Pyaar Ka Punchnaama.

Mangat and his director Luv Ranjan want to  keep the shooting as quiet as possible. When contacted Luv Ranjan spilled the beans, "It’s  a very intense love story about two young people who can’t think beyond their mutual love. It’s about the hardships in love. I’d call it a classic love story on the lines of  Mansoor Khan’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak."

On why he chose Kartikeya and Nushrat and not the other two pairs Luv Ranjan explains, "I chose the pair which suited Akaash Vani the best. But I am committed to making the Pyaar Ka Punchnaama sequel entitled Pyar Ka Punchnaama Reloaded with all three pairs at the end of the year. Besides they are being looked after well. Kumar Mangat Saab is managing the careers of all the six newcomers from Pyaar Ka  Punchnaama. He’s also negotiating for the remake rights of a Hollywood film which would star Rayo Bakhirta(another actor from Pyaar Ka Punchnaama)."

 This came as a surprising piece of news , since so  far Kumar Mangat was managing only Ajay Devgn’s career.

 "The film industry urgently needs new talent, don’t you think? I’ve two films lined up with Ajay. But he is busy throughout 2012.I thought I’d take that opportunity to give talented newcomers a chance," said Mangat who is also launching television star Pulkit Samrat with Mangat’s daughter Amita Pathak in Bittu Boss.