He’s back! The man who’s ruled the box office for years has returned to face the camera. Naturally, there was speculation about his first project after his hiatus, before Sanjay Dutt finally decided it would be director Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi being produced by Bhushan Kumar. A non-stop, start-to-finish schedule kicked off in Agra recently for the film, which also features Aditi Rao Hydari, Siddhant Gupta and Sharad Kelkar. The film is scheduled to release on August 4, 2017. Here are the three main people behind the movie talking about Bhoomi.
Obviously, it is good to be back. I recently did an ad film and the moment the lights were ‘on’, the feeling was something else. However, it was a commercial shoot but shooting for a movie is always special. I’m waiting for that first day. You could say I am nervous as well as excited. In fact, I am as nervous or excited as I was when I faced the camera for the first time for my debut film Rocky. To some extent, the feeling is the same.
What excited me most about Bhoomi is definitely the emotions. In any film, emotion is something which connects the audience to cinema. Bhoomi is strong in terms of emotion, the relationship between father and daughter. In Hindi cinema, if you get the right emotion, nothing can go wrong and the audience will lap it up. The bond, the emotion between father-daughter in Bhoomi, is something the audience has been waiting for.
Bhoomi is the first film that I start shooting for and there are a couple of more projects lined up one after another. In fact, there’s more to share but I will do that when the time is right. Right now, its only Bhoomi. (Smiles)
– As told to Vajir Singh, a few days before leaving for Agra
The first day of the shoot was fantastic. Everything we had planned was executed perfectly and fell into place, and to have Sanjay Dutt in front of the camera after so long is just mesmerising. He is such a powerhouse of a performer and when he walked onto the sets, everything just lit up. To direct him in a film is like a dream come true. While we were setting up and lighting the set, we felt something was amiss and, just then, Sanjay sir came in and everything felt complete. His energy and the way he executes in front of the camera is something to watch.
Even as I speak to you, we are setting up another scene which is again a very powerful sequence from the second half of the film. To watch him perform, and having Aditi (Rao Haydri) perform, to see their chemistry is brilliant. To have such a start for Bhoomi shows us what we can expect and how our film will progress. We are shooting in Agra, in a 250-year-old heritage haveli. This place has its own flavor which complements the narrative in its own way.
Bhushan Kumar, Producer
We are happy to be producing Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film, which is based on a relevant issue that surrounds all of us today. Omung is a fine director and I am confident he will do justice to Bhoomi.
-As told to Rohini Nag Madnani