Set in the Rann of Kutch, director Girish Malik's next, Jal, is about a water diviner (someone who scouts for underground water; played by Purab Kohli).
The director reveals how he had to con the cast and crew to get them to the location. "I’d told my cast that we will be shooting in winter, but when they came on board, I gave away my real plan. When we landed, it was 48 degree Celsius,” reveals Girish. For the cast, it was their first experience of shooting in a desert.
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"Everywhere, we would see miles of empty desert, white salt, and, to add to our woes, there was the killing heat," says Purab.
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Girish adds that "by lunch time, sandstorms would start and there would be sand all over our food". The crew, it seems, survived on locally available food like jaggery and onions. "Everyone was so possessive of their water bottles, they would hide them and refuse to share," says Girish.
Set to release in India on April 4, Jal has already been selected for five major festivals around the world, including the presitigious Busan International Film Festival.