Box Office India (BOI): How did the script come about and how did you decide to make the film?
Jaideep Chopra (JC): This is my second film, the first being Maazii, which was a dark thriller. I wanted to get into the comedy zone, so I wrote this script. It is a situational comedy, a story about four friends who get to know that the world is going to end in seven days. It is for everyone. If you believe that the world is going to end in seven days, how would you spend those last seven days?
The point is, what do these four friends do? Are they able to complete their plans or achieve whatever they desire? That’s what the story is all about. There is also a message in the film – enjoy what you have in the here and now. Live in the present because we are spoiling our present for a future which never comes. The film starts on this note.
Priya Banerjee (PB): It is not as serious as he is making it out to be.
HC: You will get the message and you will also smile.
BOI: What was your reaction when you got the script?
HC: I wanted to do it and then I was stressed.
BOI: What is it about the script that you liked?
HC: It’s the kind of film that one would want to watch. It’s fresh, young, has a message, it’s funny, the sound of the film is very good, the colours are very nice. I think it’s a complete package with all sorts of emotions. There are times when you get into an introspection zone, even that’s there. It’s a complete film.
PB: For me, it was the concept of the film that grabbed me because I don’t think something like this has been attempted in India. In Hollywood, they make so many movies about the world ending or America saving the world but not India. I think it’s a very different idea.
Also, I really loved the script and my character. The character I play is fun, bubbly, cute and innocent, and her chemistry with her friends was very appealing to me. I thought it would be a really fun film to do. I think it’s very important to believe in a film before you do it. I believed in the script and I believed in the concept and that’s why I enjoyed doing this film.
BOI: Since it’s a story about four friends, how important and tough was it to get all the four characters on board?
JC: I think that’s the toughest part in filmmaking, when you have to get four characters on board. When we write the script, we have characters, not actors, in mind. I approached Mukesh Chabbra and asked him to help me find the actors. There were a lot of auditions taking place, and Priya and I met some of them on FaceTime only.
PB: Yes, I was shooting in Manali.
JC: She was in Manali and she said ‘yes’ after I narrated the script to her. She didn’t read it first.
PB: Yeah, I heard it first.
JC: It was very difficult, we were auditioning for more than three months. The first character we finalised was Sunny, played by Divyendu (Sharma). I wanted him to do this film. So I told him this was the script and I said tereko yeh karna hai. This film needs you. He said I too need this film right now. Later, we met Harshad.
HC:Woh bhi ek kamal ki kahani hai. My audition reached sir and it was rejected.
JC: I had given him a scene to perform, and when I watched his audition on a television monitor, I noticed that he was not performing very nicely. He was doing something else. Obviously, my team rejected him. But I later thought he was a good actor and I think the narration he was given was the wrong one. We called him again and narrated the scene and he did it very well.
HC: After that, he kept saying yes and no all day.
JC: I had to understand the character. I could easily identify that the narration was wrong and that’s why he was performing something different. I thought let me call him again and narrate the scene again, and he did it very well in the film too. One of the most romantic scenes of the movie was when he met Priya. For Kiku (Shardaz), we wanted a fat guy and Kiku was never in the picture.
HC: He was completely out of the picture. Woh box ke bahar se aaya hua hai.
JC: We had no idea whom to cast for the role of Kiku. He plays the godman’s son. We had auditioned a lot of actors and when Kiku’s audition came to me, it surprised me. Actually, he surprised everyone. I could tell that he had understood the character. He has done a brilliant job. Actually, everybody has done a brilliant job. You can see Kiku like Kiku and not any other character.