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    Debutant director speaks on his comic caper

    By Super

    How did you manage such a huge star-cast?
    I don't think it was a big problem managing them because everybody was a professional. I just went up to them and read out the script asked them if they would like to work for this kind of a concept. They said yes and became a part of it. They all come on time and work like professionals. It is not at all difficult to manage them. I have seen people making bigger stuff than Bombay to Goa and I have seen directors handling many more people than this - not only in films but also in theatres. Whenever I go and watch theatre performances, I see actors and performers who are double the count than what I have in my film. Everybody here comes from a very professional background so I never faced a problem.

    What was the biggest challenge for you as a debutante director?
    No, I think I have been extremely lucky. When I started I was a little worried about what's going to happen. But the amount of support and cooperation I got from everybody really made my job easy. My cameraman, my producer Humayu Rangeela, the screenplay and dialogue writer, the creative head Rahul and all the actors - everybody was there to help me out. So I got through very easily. It was just great.

    Did you have any memorable or funny incidents while shooting?
    The funniest thing for me was when I was giving orders to people... saying action or giving them directions because they all knew what is to be done. The way we have written the script and put everything together makes it all funny. Sanjay Mishra, Tinu Anand, Raju Shrivastav, Sunil Pal, Vijay Raaz, Ahsaan Qureshi, Asraniji, Deepak Shirke - when you have these people around every moment on the set, it is funny. They are on all the time! You have to be very alert and you have to know what you want from them and to get into the right track and bring out the point. That is very important. Otherwise, every moment was funny. I can't single out one.

    Your idea behind casting the Great Indian Laughter Challenge guys - Raju Shrivastav, Sunil Pal, Khayali, Ahsaan Qureshi etc.
    I didn't have to think twice before casting them. I knew I was making a comedy film and I am friends with these guys. I have also worked with Raju and Sunil before. I had the script ready then. I spoke to my producer and told him that they would fit the roles. So we just went and met them and they all were ready to do it. Besides the Laughter Challenge guys there are also other great comic performers.

    And who amongst these is the funniest?
    They all are very funny. But Raju Shrivastav is one of the best comedians right now. He has been doing a lot of films and he has performed very well in mine. Vijay Raaz of course will be somebody you will love to watch. And Sanjay Mishra - onscreen, off screen, everywhere is a laugh riot.

    What was the idea behind having look-alikes of the entire cricket team in the film?
    We all love cricket and all the Indians worship these cricket players. When these people lose, we get frustrated with them. We all know it is difficult to go and play on an international level. But we all have an opinion, like, why Sehwag is not shuffling or using his legs in frontfoot or backfoot. So this Indian cricket team also gets on to the bus. That is the scene where we are trying to get the audience's emotions to the brink. The idea behind it is that Greg Chappell has asked the team to go into the jungle and do commando training. The bus is passing through the jungle and that's where the team gets in.

    So the Indian cricket team doubles will be seen only in one scene?
    Yes, one or two scenes.

    Finally, a word about your future projects...
    Honestly I want to try different genres and I want to do different films. Since I have done a comedy film right now, I will be avoiding doing a comedy film again for the next two-three years. I will try to do something which is more serious, like thrillers.


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