'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' - Director's take
It's a film that celebrates the common man by dissecting his life and struggles, says director Ravindra Gautam. We catch up with the man behind the camera even as he readies for the release of his directorial debut in Bollywood...
BANNER: Nautanki Films
PRODUCER: Anurradha Prasad, Abhinav Shukla
DIRECTOR: Ravindra Gautam
STARCAST: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia, Divyendu Sharma
MUSIC: Ram Sampath
RELEASE DATE: 10th October 2014
Aditi Sharma and Divyendu Sharma in a still from Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami. Divyendu plays Anupam Kher's son in the film. His character thinks that his father should be given Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami (a 21-gun salute) since he led an honest life
What is the USP of your film?
The film has a message; only it’s told in an entertaining and satirical manner. It is a film about the confrontation between a father and son; the kind that we see in our day-to-day life. It is not a preachy film, it is a commercial film with its message wrapped in the garb of entertainment.
It is the story of two sons, who think that their father should be given Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami (a 21-gun salute) since he led an honest life. Our film is about a common man, a poor guy who spent his entire life believing that honesty is the best policy.
You have directed TV shows for a long time now. Why the shift to the big screen?
I was a part of the TV industry for 14 years; I directed shows like Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Uttaran, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain and Madhubala. After spending so much time in TV, people start noticing you. The producer of this film saw my show, Madhubala; that’s how I got this film. As a director, moving to film direction was a natural progression for me. I hope the journey ahead is an exciting one.
Tell us something about the music of the film...
I believe that music is an integral part of any film. Accordingly, we have three songs in the film. I am glad that Ram Sampath came on board to compose for our film. We told him about the gist of the film and took it from there.
I am a big fan of Subhash Ghai; the songs in his films would take the story forward. I have done the same with my film. The songs are not just there for the heck of it; they are based on the situations in the film. They serve to take the story to another level.
Ravinda Gautam, director