Sagar Ballary, of Bheja Fry fame, is back with his latest, Hum Tum Shabana. The director talks about directing a masala entertainer, and his equation, post some tiffs, with actors Minissha Lamba and Tusshar Kapoor
You have been extremely busy this year what with the release of Bheja Fry 2 and now Hum Tum Shabana.
It feels great, although it was a huge effort on the part of my team because Bheja Fry 2 and Hum Tum Shabana were happening simultaneously. Bheja Fry was a very character-driven, situational and intelligent comedy while Hum Tum Shabana is an out-and-out masala entertainer with songs, dancers, choreographers, ideas, etc. It (Hum Tum Shabana) is about two guys trying to woo the same girl and stars Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Tusshar Kapoor, and Pia Trivedi.
A still from the film
You are known to make different films. What are your reasons for wanting to make a masala film?
Hum Tum Shabana is a big change for me because in my earlier films like Bheja Fry, Kaccha Limboo and Bheja Fry 2 I was concentrating on subtlety. But Hum Tum Shabana is a huge jump; it's has songs, dances, action and a lot of funny dialogues. It's been a new learning experience for me. The script gave me an opportunity to do a lot of things a director looks for. The script allows for loud, bright, emotions that will entertain audiences.
Making people laugh is difficult. How confident are you about Hum Tum Shabana?
Hum Tum Shabana has an unusual story. It is a comedy with a very strong plot. Apart from comedy, there is action, romance, glamour, and an item number too.
Bheja Fry started the 'multiplex cinema wave' along with Khosla Ka Ghosla. And now you are saying there are item numbers in a Sagar Ballary film.
Pia has done the item number. The scenario arises when she is caught by gangsters. There is another song with Minissha, which I would call an item number because she is looking gorgeous.
Speaking of Minissha, have you made up with her after your tiff with her ?
I was a little upset with Minissha about the music video in Bheja Fry 2, which was done without my knowledge. I don't know how this was leaked to the media. My words were misinterpreted. Obviously, Minissha got upset with me. But now we have left that behind and are concentrating on the film.
It's not just Minissha, you had an argument with Tusshar on the set too.
When you hear about people fighting on a set, it means just one thing -- the audiences will get to see great work. What happened between Tusshar and me is that the shooting continued into the night. Normally, actors get very cranky at night because they have to look good in front of the camera. I am very happy that Tusshar got angry and frustrated because it keeps everyone on their toes -- they understand the actor is angry and they need to be alert. Bollywood News Service