Debutant director Maneesh Sharma is “comfortably numb” about the release of Band Baaja Baarat starring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. Despite its title, Sharma insists his film isn’t about weddings; it’s about how people with limited means make their dreams come true. He says, “It’s about people with aspirations, dreams and ambitions and how they don’t let a lack of resources come in their way.”
Referring to his film as an “original desi date flick”, Sharma says unlike today’s rom-coms, which are influenced by international films where characters are urban, his film is about two people who come from the middle-class milieu of India and are present in every ‘galli’ and ‘nukkad’ (lane and corner). “When I was developing the story, I wanted to explore the spirit of youngsters who want to try different avenues, do small capital business ventures. Here the business happens to be wedding planning,” Sharma adds.
Releasing the film during the wedding season is a “coincidence,” Sharma says, but he hopes it will create buzz for the film. “Weddings have an instant connect with our audience. I have danced to songs from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun... (1994) for years. It will be cool if my film is able to achieve that,” he says. Sharma has earlier assisted on Yashraj films such as Fanaa (2006), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).
Band Baaja Baarat explores relationship dynamics and is a love story between two people who go from being acquaintances to friends and then business partners. “Bittu and Shruti constantly fight and bicker, but there is an endearing quality about them. Their affection is shown in a simple and subtle way,” he adds.