Milaap Zaveri, who chose to go back to writing after his first directorial bombed, is now back with Mastizaade, his second film as director.
On his second outing
I made Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai in 2010 but the film bombed and that is mainly why I didn’t direct for a long time. I used the time to excel as a writer and learn more about films. So I came back as a writer.
I was fortunate that directors like Sanjay Gupta, Mohit Suri and Indra Kumar believed in me and gave me films to write. In the last few years, my films Grand Masti, Shootout At Wadala, Ek Villain and Desi Boyz, to name a few, were all super hits. That’s how I regained my courage.
On getting back to direction
People started trusting me because they understood that I know the pulse of the industry and that’s when Rangita Pritish Nandy and I had a conversation. She told me that Grand Masti was the first adult comedy in India, which had earned `100 crore and I should think about direction. Then, along with Mushtaq Shiekh, I started brainstorming and finally got a story. Mushtaq wrote the screenplay and I wrote the dialogue. I go back a long way with PNC as I had worked with them in Kaante and Jhankaar Beats, so when Rangita spoke to me, we decided to work together.
Mastizaade is a fun film. Although I was coming back to direction after several years, and I was initially nervous, everything proceeded smoothly for me, thanks to a great team. From my producer, to the actors, everyone did their job with dedication. We finished the shoot in 90 days. I kept learning something new about direction while making this film. It was a huge learning process for me.
On Sunny Leone
It was Rangita’s idea to cast Sunny Leone. In our film industry, there are very few actresses who get an opening at the box office, namely Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sunny Leone. In our film, Sunny plays a double role, so there is double the mazaa! Believe me, she will surprise you with her two roles – Laila and Lily. Laila is bold and outspoken while Lily is Laila’s geeky sister. Sunny is very much like Lily in real life and switching between characters was not easy. She has delivered her best performance yet.
We have made Mastizaade for the audience who loved Grand Masti. People who like to watch comedy films and forget all their worries while watching a film should watch Mastizaade as you will be thoroughly entertained. Also, the film includes everything that you see in the trailer. I don’t believe in cheating my audience.