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    "Chillar Party is a film for Salman and his people (biradari)" - Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari

    [Interview by Vishal Verma]
    Wednesday, July 06, 2011
    UTV Spot Boy next ''Chillar Party'' is in news for various reasons. First of all itís the maiden venture for B-town ''Dabangg'' Khan Salman Khanís production house SKBH (Salman Khan Being Human), where Ranbir Item number is gaining popularity day by day. Second its promos are quite interesting. Third, the movie has already received pats from B-town recognized talents like Raju Hirani and Imtiaz Ali to name a few. Here the writer directors of this film Vikas Bahl and Nitesh Tiwari who are from the production and advertising backgrounds respectively speak from their heart regarding their maiden venture....

    It's a kid flick or a flick where message comes from kids?

    It's not a kid flick. Itís a film with kids, its about friendship togetherness, life, fun, an enjoyable film which speaks from heart about friendship, childhood days which are heroic, fearless. It's a film where kids will have a great time; parents will have a great time. And it carries a small message.

    What's the message?

    For that you will have to watch the film....

    How different it is from Taare Zameen Par, Stanley Ka Dabba' or any other kid flick?

    Taare Zameen Par was not a kid flick. Boothnath was a kid flick. Taare Zammen Par was targeted towards parents. It was for adults. Ours is more like Mr. India. that's probably the film which is close to our Chillar Party.

    How?

    Chillar Party is about loyalty, friendship and in Salman words a movie for the biradari (people). The name comes from chillar which means loose change. Normally we don't pay much attention to them but they turned out to be really handy during your bad times.

    The promos show them fighting for a cause what is it?

    They are fighting for friendship. They can go at any length to save their friendship.

    Using tapori language as seen in the promos...

    Not at all. The tapori language you see in promo is only some small part. The whole movie as we said earlier is about friendship, togetherness, loyalty. The kids and the adults both can expect good time watching 'Chillar Party'.

    It's been said that telling a story through a child eyes makes the job easier for the maker what your say

    Would like to meet the person who said this...

    Its an observation by experts who give examples of master makers like Majid Majidi who tells his story from a child eye...

    If the innocence comes through those eyes then the result becomes more endearing. It can go horribly wrong also if it that doesnít happen.

    So how confident are you?

    We are not confident we are nervous...

    You are receiving praises from the fraternity, Salim Sahab even gifted his Zanjeer trophy

    Extremely glad to know that the fraternity has loved the film. Raju Hirani loved it. Imtiaz Ali has liked the film. Salim Sir, gave us his Zanjeer trophy and made us so proud. Lets see how it comes up with the audience with those expectations.

    What are you planning to do with the trophy?

    Will store it and keep it secure. It's a price possession.

    You guys believe in awards...

    Right from school days we liked to get appreciated and when seniors from the fraternity appreciate your work genuinely then it motivates you to do more good work.

    Did you struggle to find a producer?

    UTV backed us from day one so we didn't had to struggle to get the producer.

    How did Salman Khan made his entry?

    Salman saw the film and he felt that itís in the spirit of his foundation 'Being Human' and wanted to be part. So he came on board as the producer.

    Did Salman asked for changes?

    Salman didn't offer any changes. Even when Salim sir saw the film we asked him again and again but he advised us not to do any changes.

    You both are writers and directors of this film who is more of a writer or director

    We both are 50:50. Yes the work got divided while making but it never happened that whatever we had in our minds was rejected.

    How was the experience shooting with the kids?

    Around 8000 came for auditions and we had a good casting director Chawla who handled it well. It was a task where 8000 kids are trying to impress you by doing different things. We had our script and characters ready. We tried them only after having short listed them. We used to plan our shoots, do our home work made the kids friendly with the camera initially, it wasn't that difficult.

    How many have faced the camera before?

    Mostly are first timers.

    Next what?

    Things are cropping up in our mind let's see where it goes. Eagerly waiting for the audience response.

    All the very best

    Thanks a lot.


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