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Irrfan and Parvathy’s breezy rom-com Qarib Qarib Singlle, which released last week, is the toast of the town. Apart from the wonderful performances, the praise for the film is also due to the excellent team. This week, Soumita Sengupta went behind the scenes with Chandan Arora – editor, to understand his processes.

On Qarib Qarib Singlle

It was Irrfan who recommended me to the producers of the film. Irrfan and I go way back and I have also ghost-edited one of his films. We clicked and have been wanting to work together ever since. So when they decided to make this film, he recommended me and I got the call.

First Brief From Tanuja

Tanuja narrated the story to me and we discussed the script. There were a lot of discussions but what worked in our favour was that Tanuja and I were in sync. As an editor, I followed her vision. A film is a director’s medium, one where every technician follows the director’s vision and brings her imagination to life.

Criteria for Choosing Projects

One has to first look at the script; that is most important. These days, it’s the script that makes a good film. Regardless of the actor, it’s the story that plays the main role. Another important factor is the team. It’s very important to gel with your teammates, understand your director and actors. That’s another factor I look for in any project. The rest follows from there. Sometimes a film is liked by the audience, sometimes it’s not. As a team, we all work very hard on each project, so it’s very important for technicians and other team members to enjoy the process of filmmaking.

Editor or Director?

When I’m directing, I never edit; I totally trust my editor or the editor in me will take over from the director. You tend to be extra critical because you are the director too. But when I am editing a film, I am totally engrossed in the editing process and I follow my director’s vision. It is very important to understand what it is that your director is looking to create. Both are very interesting processes and each has its own beauty.

Not in any camp

In my early years, I used to work with only Ram Gopal Varma. I have worked on films like MastJungle and Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. He worked so quickly that by the time we had finished one film, he was ready with the other. Then I also began to direct. Our industry tends to typecast people very easily but things are changing and today we have a lot of new talent. Today, everyone is looking for creative people.

Fandry v/s Krrish 3 v/s Qarib Qarib Singlle

Each film is of a different genre and I enjoyed editing each one. It’s not like I put more effort into Fandry than Krrish 3, for instance. Krrish 3 was definitely more technical; Fandry was story-based and Qarib Qarib Singlle is a love story.

I kind of asked for Fandry because I knew the producers and we had been trying to work something out. When they started discussing a Marathi film by a new director, and when I heard the story, I asked if I could do it if they didn’t have an editor on board. The story attracted me and I enjoyed editing it.

The Krrish 3 team is like family to me. I have been working with the Roshans for a very long time. Rakesh sir is always looking out for new technology and new techniques in filmmaking.

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