Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala made their debut as co-directors with The Killer and in 6 months flat they are already on the verge of completing their second film The Train.
Starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead again, the film features his 'Dil Diya Hai' co-star Geeta Basara along with debutant Sayali Bhagat. We catch up with Rakha Mistry while she is busy picturizing the climax which would mark the end of principal shooting of the film.
"That's right, we are on the last leg of the film's shoot and once the climax is filmed in a span of 3-4 days, we would be done with the principal shooting of the film', she divulges.
That's quite quick, one wonders, considering the fact that the film recently came on floors and had a major portion shot in Bangkok. "But then the planning was just right in place", she says excitedly, "which helped us shoot the film at a rapid pace. The film has shaped up quite well and it should be quite a thrilling beginning to 2007!"
Considering the film is just the second outing for Geeta Basra, how was the experience working with her? "Though I found her pretty decent in 'Dil Diya Hai', especially in the first half of the film where she is shown as a bubbly sorts, she has improved quite a lot in The Train. Her role is such that instead of playing a cute and bubbly girl, she had to come across as a woman of today! She has acted quite well and the best part about having her on board is her sharp brain and knack of understanding the nuances of a character", she explains.
So how different is her presentation in the film? "Well, a lot has gone into giving her a new look altogether. The way she walks or her straightened hair or the accessories she wears fit into a mould to project her as a complete woman. The feminine side of her persona has been brought out pretty well in the film."
And how about Sayali Bhagat? "She is pretty good too! And unlike the popular notion, none of my female characters in the film have that coy/girlish persona to them. They both represent women who have an identity of their own and know how to conduct themselves in the most adverse situations. None of my girls are coy or filmy in any sense. In fact dono mil ke apne-apne role ko kha gayi hain; they have immersed themselves so much into the character", she says excitedly.
How has the dialogue delivery of Geeta shaped up? Has she got rid of her British accent? Raksha is honest in her reply as she says, "As a matter of fact there are still improvement areas in her accent. She is working on it but since she has been abroad all her life, it is bound to take some time. Meanwhile she is cool about getting her voice dubbed for the film. She has asked for a chance to try herself before the mike when the dubbing is on and then given us a free hand to have someone else dub for her in case the results are unsatisfactory. Overall, she is pretty cool about all this."
With so much all around appreciation of the girl, is Emraan Hashmi relegated to the back seat in the film. "No ways", she is quick to retort, "He is the central pillar of the film with my two girls presenting to him different situation in life. The film has an extramarital affair backdrop and tells the story of this guy whose life goes for a toss after he meets a woman on a train. The kind of situations he gets in and as a result messes up his own life forms the crux of the film."
Mithoon had a kick start with Bas Ek Pal and now has other winner in hands in the form of two songs that he has composed for Anwar. Is she confident about the young composer making a hat-trick with The Train? "Absolutely says", she says confidently, "He is a fantastic composer; a perfect choice indeed. We are so happy to have him in board since he has come up with some fresh songs. Watch out for a rocking club number that he has recently composed for us. It has that mix of trance, club and sufi that makes me so confident about the impact that it would create once it comes on screen! Also Sayeed Quadri saab, who has been an old friend since the time when we were associated with Mukesh Bhatt, has written the lyrics that are again absolute gems."
On a parting note, one can't help but ask about the second male lead in the film, the identity of whom has been kept in wraps. Is she in a mood to disclose it now? After a laugh she says, "No, not yet! This is something that we would rather keep as a surprise element when the film's release. Till then, keep guessing!"