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    “Drama hai, lekin small dose mein” – Jimmy Sheirgill

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja ]
    Saturday, February 24, 2007
    Jimmy Sheirgill has just been acclaimed for his performance in ‘Eklavya – The Royal Guard’. Close on the heels of the ‘royal’ film, he sees an urban release in the form of ‘Delhii Heights’ the film about which he is visibly excited.

    Playing a lead role in this directorial debut by Anand Kumar, he pairs up with Neha Dhupia in this film that is based in Delhi.

    He chats with Joginder Tuteja to talk about the film and how its producers have left no stones unturned to make it a quality film.

    A few days from now you have ‘Delhii Heights’ coming up.

    The film has shaped up quite well and I am happy to be associated with it. The film is special since it has good producers at the helm who are looking at making a foray into Hindi cinema after a successful and long running stint in movies down south.

    Had you heard about debutant director Anand Kumar?

    Yes, he has been a noted ad film maker and has quite a decent background. The way he shot the film was interesting too as he kept the narrative crisp and ensured that the film maintains a feel good approach throughout.

    So no drama or unnecessary emotions in the film?

    Drama hai, lekin small dose mein. Aisa nahi ki sab overboard chala jaaye! Moments like these are interspersed in ‘Delhii Heights’ which make it a sugar-n-sweet experience to watch. You would see that it is quite a frothy entertainer.

    The promos do indicate that, though don’t you feel the promotion should be more intense.

    That’s right, and I am informed that over the period of time, the promotion would intensify too. What you call as “bombarding the satellite channels with promos” is something that you should see soon [laughs]! See, these producers are here to mark and that has been something which is visible even during the shooting of the film.

    And why do you say that?

    Because never once did you see them cutting costs on the film’s production. Even though the film is set in Delhi and we shot there for maximum duration, there is a scene where I am required to be in Chennai. So, just for that one scene we packed off to Chennai and shot there. Moreover, the entire crew is from Chennai but they all were stationed in Delhi for the entire shoot. In between there was a song that was required to be shot in Mumbai. We could have still done it in Delhi and camouflaged it as Mumbai but the producers insisted that to give an authentic feel to the proceedings, we should not compromise. So there we were in Mumbai shooting the song.

    Any other place where the film has been shot?

    There is a nice love song shot in Goa. Titled 'Kitni Der Tak', it is a naughty number between this newly wed couple played by Neha and me who are off on a honeymoon. Rabbi Shergill has given a great tune for this song in addition to the other numbers in the album.

    What makes shooting in Delhi different from other films that have been shot in the capital?

    If you look at majority of films that have been shot in Delhi earlier, either they are shot in old Delhi or just take you though some historical places around the city. In ‘Delhii Heights’, we have explored an urban Delhi, a modern day city, where people reside in high rise apartments and live an upper middle class lifestyle.

    So what do you do in the film?

    I play Abi who is married to Suhana [Neha Dhupia]. We have just recently tied the knot and are successful in our professional lives. We have happy times together, except for one seemingly minor sounding problem – we work for rival companies. Hence while we have a healthy marital relationship, the fact that we cross our ways professionally threatens to impact our personal life too. How we face the challenge and try to overcome this issue in life forms the essence of our story.

    What kind of release would the film see?

    ‘Delhii Heights’ is an urban film and hence majority of prints would be catering to multiplex audience. Rest assured we are looking at a wide extensive release. Earlier we were planning to come on March 02 but with number of films already in the fray on that Friday, we have postponed the release to March 09.

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