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Navdeep Singh, director of much-acclaimed Manorama - Six Feet Under, is currently working on the script of two films simultaneously. Leaving behind the unfortunate box office failure of his debut film, the writer-director is diverting all his energies to the two projects he is giving shape to.
"I have yet to zero in on which of the two scripts I would pick first to start shooting for. While one is an action thriller, other is an action comedy. From the drama of Manorama, I am now exploring the action genre," informs Navdeep Singh.
Has he finalized any names for the film? "To be honest, I am giving script the utmost priority here without pondering too much on the logistics. I will start freezing on the producers, actors and the film's title once these scripts are ready. There is no point getting an entire arrangement done without a script in hand", Navdeep remarks.
"In any case, we are seriously short of actors", he chuckles, "With corporate houses taking away majority of stars, filmmakers like me have to work extra hard to get the right combination." Continues Navdeep with a smile, "I guess we need to create more stars, considering most of the big ones are taken."
Meanwhile, how is the progress on the two scripts? "They are pretty much ready to be wrapped. Overall, I am happy with the progress being made. I guess in around a couple of months, I should have a kind of draft ready based on which I can start conversing with people I wish to rope in."
Originally hailing from Delhi, Navdeep Singh, who is in his early 40's, has studied film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. It has been over a decade since he has been making advertising films in places as diverse as LA, London and Bombay.
Meanwhile the ad filmmaker turned movie director is happy with the response his debut film is fetching on the DVD circuits. "That's the beauty of the evolved DVD market. At least today a film is getting a second chance soon after its theatrical run. Thankfully, the film didn't die down over the months and is now doing well on DVDs. I am being informed that it is one of the Top-3 selling DVDs at major stores."