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“I was lucky to get exposure early on”

Ahishor Solomon in a chat with Box Office India about his film John Day

Background

 

I hail from a small town in Andhra Pradesh and have been a movie buff since childhood. When I was a kid, we used to watch back-to-back movies on VCR during the vacation. By the time I graduated, I knew I wanted to become a filmmaker. I graduated in Commerce but accounting was not my cup of tea. So I enrolled for a Mass Communications course in Pune.

First Break

After my post-graduation, I landed a job with Pooja Bhatt’s production house Fish Eye Network. I joined them during the last schedule of Jism and then worked as an assistant director on Paap and Rog. Then I went solo.

Credit Goes To…

Textbook learning is very different from actually making a film. I give all credit to Pooja and Bhatt saab because they involved me at every stage of filmmaking, from writing to the final copy, from music sittings to the dialogue… Not everyone gives you exposure like this.

Telugu Industry Calling

I got an offer from Telugu cinema’s biggest producer for a two-film deal. Unfortunately, the films didn’t happen. That was when John Day started to take shape in my mind.

On John Day

I happened to meet Anjum Rizvi, who liked the script and agreed to produce the film. Actually, I had Naseer sir (Naseeruddin Shah) in mind while writing the film as I knew he was the only actor who could suit the role. When I approached him, he loved the script and agreed to do the film. Next, I approached Randeep Hooda, who had a couple of apprehensions about playing the role of a cop yet again. We managed to sort it out as the character was very different.

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