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STROLLING DOWN the lobby of Taj Palace in New Delhi, Mani Ratnam may have looked like a man with a lot of time on his hands, but with his new venture almost ready for post-production work, the acclaimed director clearly has his hands full. In the Capital to receive the National Award for his film "Kannathil Muthamittal" - adjudged the best Tamil film of the year - the director seems to be more than happy with his new experiment of presenting the same subject in two languages with a different set of actors.

His film "Yuva" may have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but Mani Ratnam insists that the freak accident involving Vivek Oberoi was just one of those things that happened during the shooting, "just an unfortunate incident."

Being made as "Ayutha Ezhuthu" in Tamil with Madhavan, Surya and Siddharth, the Hindi version will have Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan and Vivek Oberoi. "The film is almost complete. And no, I made it as two different films because I did not want to dub it. Also, since the shooting of the film was done simultaneously, it did not pose much of a problem," according to the director.

Mani Ratnam's last Hindi production "Saathiya" - directed by Shaad Ali - was a remake of his "Alaipayuthe" and managed a good run at the box office. Known to get the best out of his actors, Abhishek Bachchan is being touted as the surprise package of the film. A role that has shades of grey to it, the film is being seen as an important one for the junior Bachchan. But ask the director about the performance and he is quick to come out with a simple remark: "Yes, he has done a good job in the film by giving a good performance."

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