BOI: Shikha, what made you decide to produce this film?
Shikha Pakhare (SP): I went through the script and I have seen his (Jaideep Chopra’s) past work. So I thought it was best to get associated with him. Obviously, it was the script that made me come on board, a story about four friends that all of us will connect to.
BOI: Were there any workshops?
JC: It’s a story of four friends. It’s not a romantic story of two people. Hence, it’s very difficult to understand each other on the set. We had a lot of conversations, not only workshops but a lot of conversations.
PB: I think we chatted more than the script required and we got to know each other a lot before the film started.
JC: Understanding your character is one thing but films like this require you to understand the other characters as well. That is very important. So we chatted a lot.
PB: We used to hang out all the time, the four of us and him. You can see the chemistry on screen. You can tell that they know each other from earlier and that they are actually good friends. So, it wasn’t the workshop but hanging out with each other that helped a lot.
BOI: Harshad, can you tell us about your workshop and experience?
HC: I categorically remember one scene which we did I don’t know how many times – the beach scene – but we shot it very quickly.
JC: We are going to dub it today.
HC: I think we did that scene at least ten or more times.
JC: I would say that the workshop took care of 30 per cent of the shooting.
PB: It didn’t feel as if we were working. We were having a good time and doing the scenes together. It was just so much fun and didn’t actually feel like we were working. Sometimes, we worked long hours but we didn’t feel it, even in the cold weather.
HC: But it didn’t feel like it.
PB: It was freezing in Muradabad. It was very cold and we were all dying.
JC: And she says she is from Canada (Laughs).
HC: I took it better.
PB: I am not used to Indian weather, that’s why.
HC: We shot for 30 days but no one knows where the time passed.
BOI: How close is your reel character to the real?
PB: Initially, I play someone who is reserved and is aware of society’s expectations. She is also stuck in her job where, her boss keeps hitting on her. She can’t just quit her job as she needs to earn her livelihood. So she is stuck in life. But I am not like that in real life, I would have quit the job. My character is the kind of person who adjusts to everything and eventually you see her character graph changing. She becomes free-spirited and that is something I can connect to. So I relate to second half of her character rather than the first half.
HC: I don’t know how similar I am to Rahul, the character I am playing in the film, but I understand him. I connect with the emotions and dealing with emotions.
BOI: Harshad just mentioned how you guys finished shooting in 30 days. How did that happen?
JC: We finished shooting on time, in fact before time, only because we prepared well before we started rolling. We did proper workshops and pre-production. We also improvised on the sets.
PB: Yes, and as we did so many workshops every day, we were doing script readings with actors like Kiku Sharda and Divyendu Sharma, who have been working for so many years. We improvised a lot on the sets. Our director gave us the liberty to do that since he knew that we understood our characters.
JC: I never carried the script to the set.
HC: Never, from day one.
BOI: The film also features Rahul Roy in the negative lead. How did that casting happen?
JC: I was sitting with Mukesh Chhabra, who had done the casting for our film. We were discussing one of our characters called D’Costa, who is a negative character in the film. Suddenly, Rahul Roy called Mukesh, who asked me, ‘You want to meet Rahul Roy?’ I thought why not? And that’s how he was cast. We all remember him for Aashiqui.
BOI: According to each one of you, what’s the USP of the film?
JC: Entertainment. You will be entertained thoroughly while watching the film.
PB: I think the concept, the story of the film, is very unique and that’s the USP. It’s not a film where there are seven to eight songs for absolutely no reason. Every song takes the story forward. They are very situational songs and they help the script move forward. So I think it’s a full package.
JC: And every song is a part of the story, there is a story in every song.
HC: The USP is hard to describe but it’s a film which you can watch with everyone. All the four characters are very easy to relate to.