His favourite love story is 500 Days of Summer and The English Patient. Then you ask him, "What about Break Ke Baad?" and he answers, "Of course yes. How can I miss that?" But that's bound to happen considering the fact that Danish Aslam is pregnant. The timing couldn't be better as the director of the Imran Khan - Deepika Padukone starrer is almost a month away in delivering his feature debut Break Ke Baad.
When you meet the filmmaker, you come to know that he knows well the trials of young love, and his educated twist on a cliched genre that has become the talk of the town amongst the youth. On talking to him further, you tend to believe that he must've twisted the rom-com convention upside down and inside out. Although conventional wisdom says otherwise, men don't want to watch romantic comedies. But that's not true. Love stories like Wake Up Sid, Aisha and I Hate Luv Storys have had a sweeping effect over the men and women in their twenties.
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The question is - Will Break Ke Baad sustain the effect? This special correspondent meets Indian Film Industry's newest find behind the camera, Danish Aslam, over a hot cuppa coffee to untangle his bittersweet love story in this exclusive special.
Journey so far
"I've been an assistant director for about seven years in Mumbai. I did a lot of films as a free lancer, like Lakshya and Swades. At one point of time, I joined Yash Raj Films and assisted Siddharth Anand on Salaam Namaste. Then I assisted Kunal Kohli on Fanaa and went back to Siddharth for Tara Rum Pum and again moved to Kunal for Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. Kunal's last film was a co-production with Yash Raj Films and then he moved on to produce independently. Break Ke Baad is Kunal's first leap into production and mine into direction. Let's hope the combination works."
"The original story draft was written by me. That's what Kunal read and decided to produce the film. After that, I got Renuka on board to write the film with me. The screenplay and the dialogues are written by her. The title of the film was already decided before the first draft of the story was even complete. I always wanted that. The film is about a break up and relationships post that."