Four years back, the infamous Mumbai floods created headlines world over. And true to their reputation, the Bhatt brothers have taken a cue from the headlines and finished Tum Mile, a film that has the 2005 floods as its backdrop.
Directed by Kunal Deshmukh of Jannat fame, the film stars Vishesh Films' blue eyed boy Emraan Hashmi along with Soha Ali Khan and is all set to release on July 24.
"The film sees the return of Sony Music and Vishesh Films who had collaborated for Raaz–The Mystery Continues,” says a unit source. “Not only was the horror flick biggest hit ever for Emraan and Vishesh Films, it continues to be the only hit of 2009."
Says Mukesh Bhatt, "We have always maintained that content is the king. We have backed strong content and now the icing on the cake is that we also have a top actor [Emraan Hashmi] among us. This only makes the project bigger and better."
Not much is known about the story line except for the fact that it is a love story with the July floods as the backdrop. Apparently, the characters played by Emraan and Soha get trapped in the floods.
Insiders have been raving about the canvas of the film, since the floods were re-created.
"You should have been on the sets to believe it", says Emraan Hashmi. "The water level there was scary. Kunal [Deshmukh] wanted the situation to be an exact replica of the horrific flood situation that the city faced that fateful night. It was difficult to even imagine how commuters would have struggled with no support whatsoever."
The film is also special for another reason. Though Raaz–The Mystery Continues saw the Bhatts coming together with a team of different composers, Tum Mile marks the coming back of Pritam, whose last association with them had resulted in blockbuster musical success, Jannat.
Tum Mile, however, is not the first film based on the 2005 floods. A small film called 26th July at Barista was released without any fanfare last year. The film had starred newcomers Kabier Sawhney and Simran Vaid and was touted as a tribute to all the people of Mumbai who faced the hard reality and overcame it. However, the film sank without a trace.