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Changing Track

Aakash Kaushik chose to stick to the funny elements rather than just the sexual innuendos while writing Great Grand Masti

I hail form Delhi and was active on the theatre scene from a very young age. So when it came to choosing a career, I decided to take up film direction. I enrolled with FTII and I did a course in television direction.

Mumbai Calling
After finishing the course, I moved to Mumbai. Since I had done a course in direction, I thought I would start work as an assistant director, which I did with Victory. But I soon realised it was not my cup of tea and I quit the film after the first schedule. I realised I preferred to write and that’s how my career as a writer started. My first film as a writer was F.A.L.T.U, which had many other writers too.

Struggle Continues
After F.A.L.T.U, I wrote Jodi Breakers, which released in 2012. In the meantime, I was working on other scripts but they didn’t work out. For instance, for two years, I was working on Dostana 2 but it didn’t take off.

On Great Grand Masti
Madhur Sharma and I work as partners and we were working on A Flying Jatt with Tushar Hiranandani. He liked our style of working and referred us to Induji (Indra Kumar). When we met Induji and Ashokji (Thakeria), they asked us to write a few scenes and they loved the ones we wrote. That’s how we bagged the film as writers.

The Brief
There wasn’t much of a brief given to us and everyone decided to stick to Masti Part One rather than Part Two. We all wanted to keep the element closer to the original Masti and what the film stood for, which is an adult comedy. We also wanted to make the film funny; it did not have to be below the belt or have only gags. Tushar has written a fantastic story and the response we are getting after the trailer released is that people are looking forward to the twist in the story.
Also, a lot depends on who is directing a film. There are some directors who can shoot a scene in a way which doesn’t look or sound vulgar and Induji is one of them. We made a funny film, not a cheap film.

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