Whats fresh about a romantic comedy like Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Its a slice of life film, driven by characters. The plot is not primary, emotions of the characters are at the forefront. It is set on two weeks of the life of two characters, played by Imran and Kareena. Imran is out of a job and the film deals with what happens when he meets this girl. It's about chemistry between these two characters.
Its the first time Imran and Kareena have come together, creating quite a buzz...
Imran is fairly new to the industry and so every time he works with an actress he hasnt worked with, it will be a new pairing. For me, they were my first choice.
Tell us a bit about your journey till your first film.
I had been working at production houses and also as an assistant director on the sets of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Rock On!. I was supposed to work on Farhan Akhtars next project but that got pushed back. I had by then written this script and showed it to Imran who liked it and passed it on to Karan Johar. After some revisions and changes, Karan Johar was happy with the script and we were on our way. Its been two years in the making and I am happy with the way it has turned out.
Revisions, changesusually first-time directors are so passionate about their first film that they dont agree to any changes in the script...
Well, Karan Johar made some valuable suggestions and theres nothing in it that I do not agree with. It has not compromised my vision of the film at all. Everything that we changed was for the better. He is a great producer and generous, non-interfering. It was good to listen to his feedback.
Well, you are lucky you found Dharma Productions to back you. Is it easier now to make a film in Bollywood
It is never really easy to get a backer but it is also true that Bollywood has definitely opened up to new stories, new ideas, new directors. Ultimately, it boils down to trust with the producer you are working with.
How did Amit Trivedi come on board as the music director
He was my first choice for music director and he is really busy but we got him in the end. He understood the film and we are very happy with the music. He first gave us Gurbare and then the rest. We had some difficulty with the title songin fact we tried out at least ten options before we hit the track thats on air.
What are your expectations from the film Is it going to get a wide release
We hope we find an audience. Its a film which has its heart in the right placeif people connect to this, it will be an achievement. Its going to get a release that is suitable for a film of this genre, obviously its not an Agneepath. We released the promos two months ahead of the films release so that people want to come watch the film.