He wouldn’t agree that he is in the company of any Badmaash, but debutant director Parmeet Sethi sure has a devilish film up his sleeve. Known for his appearance on ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ and on detective TV serial DON a few years back, the hubby of Archana-HA HA HA- Puran Singh has directed Yashraj’s Shahid Kapoor starrer Badmaash Company and says he is here to do more.
Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Shashank Chouhan of Spicezee.com:
Q. You have said Badmaash Company is inspired from real life characters and events.
A. Indeed that is the case. The characters in the film are loosely based on the people I have met in real life. That gives an intense appeal to my film’s characters. And yes the scams that have been portrayed are also based on reality, though giving any more information would be giving away the story itself.
Q. Your actors say you are a stubborn, Badmaash director.
A. I am stubborn yes, I am un-compromising. That is the only way of preserving the integrity of vision. My actors and producers knew from the start that I am a head-strong guy and that I won’t compromise on any aspect of the script.
Q. Whats new or different about your film?
A. It is all-in-all an extremely fresh film- the dialogue, characters; the cast and the story are fresh. The genre is very exciting, it has been quite a long time that the audiences saw such a film. The film has a lot of soul, emotions and entertainment.
Q.. Did you write the lead character with Shahid Kapoor in mind?
A. Not really, though his character is surely author backed. But once I wrote the script, it seemed meant only for Shahid Kapoor.
Q. How come you have cast so many new comers. Was it your idea or the producer’s?
A. More or less it was my idea though everything was done after discussion with Adi (Aditya Chopra). Since this is a fresh script, I did not want old actors. Old people come with their own baggage; audience want to see them in a certain way. I had a fresh approach, so barring the lead pair, all are newcomers.
Q. You have said yours is a solid script. You wrote it in six days straight. Was it in your mind for long?
A. Not really. Writing this script in six days straight was nothing short of a miracle. I t is some divine work. Scripts usually take up to six months to fully develop.
Q. A lot is being said about the intimate scenes between Shahid Kapoor and Anushka. How did it go?
A. Well, it was a part of the script. It is completely for the film and not for any cheap thrills. Shahid and Anushka were comfortable after I explained to them the need for such scenes. Badmaash Company is a bold film which talks to today’s youth, in the style that they want and live by
Q. But these days most films have nudity in the name of script…
A. While watching such a film, you must see what character is portraying nudity. Is the character of an outgoing nature, is her style bold. Now Anushka’s character is a bold one. She couldn’t be a part of a Badmaash company if she was not like she is. I couldn’t show her all coy and demure. She will seduce you.
Q. What kind of an experience was directing? It is your debut.
A. It has been a very tough and happy experience. I have done ghost-direction and written scripts in the past and that prepared me for this mammoth project. It is a big responsibility. There are a lot of new things I have learnt. I had to fight odds at every level, there was a lot of pressure. But it was a very satisfying experience. It was akin to the longest orgasm of life.
Q. And what has been the contribution of Archana Puran Singh in your dream debut?
A. Archana has supported me in everything. She has been there not only emotionally but also supported the family financially when I was busy trying to achieve my dream and it was very important for me.
Q. What is next?
A. I don’t know! I have a deal with Yashraj for three films. I have 5-6 ideas in mind but I really don’t know which I will work on.