Director Divya Kumar (wife of producer Bhushan Kumar) has almost finished shooting her debut film, Yaariyaan. For the movie that revolves around the lives of college students, she has roped in five fresh faces. And even though Divya believes that she could have cast top Bollywood stars for her first directorial, she deliberately chose new talent.
When asked what led her to take that decision, the director takes a dig at fellow filmmakers, saying, “In Bollywood, people cast even 40 year olds for college-based films. But, at the end of the day they are not being true to their scripts. I didn’t want to cast anyone who is 40 as a college student just to make the film commercially viable. Moreover, audiences nowadays are looking forward to fresh faces and new talent.”
Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have previously played the roles of college students in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots (2009) and Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na (2004) respectively. Both the actors are in their 40s.
Incidentally, unlike most directors, Divya doesn’t plan to host a special screening of her film for the industry. “Before the trailer is launched, I’ll show the film to college students. Their opinions matter the most for the film, since it is a movie for the youth. If required, I will take their suggestions and try and implement them before the film’s release.”