Both your Jhankaar Beats and Home Delivery have been quick ones.
No, in fact Jhankaar Beats took a longer time to make. Whereas in the case of Home Delivery, a lot of planning went into its making and hence the actual shooting was wrapped up in just 52 days.
Jhankaar Beats experience must have helped.
Oh yes, one becomes much more wiser and saner with experience. And this time around the experience was even better! See, one need to plan a lot in the initial stages as nothing really happens in the post production stage. Some feel that lets get on with the movie and then we will look at refining it in post production but that doesn't help. One needs to start with the end product in mind.
Music has played an integral part in both Jhankaar Beats and Home Delivery.
Yes, and this time around I needed lyrics to move my story forward. This is where the difference lies between the songs of two movies. In JB, 'Tu Hai Aashiquee' that was the song for GOD, was the best whereas in HD my favorite is the song 'Happy Diwali'. I can't really attempt at replicating 'Tu Hai' because if you have 27 kids holding candles in hands, it would makes sense for them to croon 'Happy Diwali' rather than 'Tu Aashiquee'. Another song that I love is 'Khushboo'. In fact I am attempting at going back to the genre of Gulzar and Anand Bakshi and though we can't even imagine coming near to the greats, we can at least try to come up with something good.
As you say the songs are a part of the narrative but the song 'Maya' [picturised on Mahima Chaudhary] seems to be there as an commercial ingredient.
No, not at all because if that was the case then we would have told the entire world about it as soon as the song was composed in Sanjay Dutt's voice. We wanted a voice to have an attitude and in the industry today there are just two men with a voice with attitude - Big B and Dutt saab. Now Big B is too senior so I opted for Dutt saab. It was nice that he readily agreed to croon the song!
Editing played a major part in JB. What can we look forward in HD?
There is no fault in movie's editing. If you can find one fault then I would leave direction. Suresh Pai, editor of Home Delivery, is the best editor that we have. Ours is a simple story told in a simplistic manner. Sometimes a story is so complex that a lot of effort goes in just narrating a story. But here it was all so simple that I could play with the screenplay. We have been quite innovative while making the movie. I am hoping that even if people feel that it's the worst movie ever made, they would still say that it was something new. No one can say that it was a crap and same old stuff!
You have worked from actors like Rahul Bose and Sanjay Suri to Viveik Oberoi. Did you find any difference.
No, not at all. Because the bottom line is that all of them are actors and know their job well! One thing that I have observed amongst all the actors is that if they get something challenging, they will work like anything to produce results. They are like kids who are interested in new things every now and then.
What kind of movies do you like watching?
I can watch anything in fact. It was in 1983-85 when I started watching movies and since then there has been no looking back. I like movies from all kind of directors be it Manmohan Desai or Prakash Mehra or Gulzar.
And which are the kind of movies that you want to make?
I would love to do anything that has a challenging screenplay without wondering if it is a comedy or an action flick! I will never make a Jhankaar Beats again. Entire starcast ranging from Viveik to Mahima to Ayesha to Boman to everyone else has worked so hard on the movie without any complain whatsoever. In the 52 days shoot everyone has slogged like anything and I won't be doing them any justice if I make them do the same thing again as in JB. We have hopes that we have made a good film. Rest is on the audience to decide if it is good or bad for them!
So what's next is in the pipeline?
[Looks as if hiding a secret] Watch out for something next Christmas!
On a parting note, why are you continuously underplaying Home Delivery?
It's not about underplaying Home Delivery. It's just that at present Jhankaar Beats is my biggest obstacle. I still keep getting feedback about the flick and to be honest it has been pretty overwhelming. I am happy, I am proud but then I need to movie on!