While most actors opt to produce movies when they don’t get the right backing for their novel ideas, best buddies Zayed Khan, Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha say that their decision to produce their first film stemmed from their possessiveness about the stories they want to make into films. Even as they are launching their maiden production, Love Breakups Zindagi under their banner, Born Free Entertainment, the two actors are using what they learnt in all these years from the film industry to make their first film.
“We’re quite possessive about the script and how we want to make the film. So, we didn’t want to make it with someone who wasn’t as passionate about it as much as we are,” elaborates Mirza, reasoning that another producer would want an item number and other such gimmicks. She says that starting Born Free Entertainment was “the most natural decision” as they didn’t want an outside producer to “interfere, manipulate and compromise on the story and quality of the film.”
The producer trio cast new actors for their film through actor Sandhya Mridul’s casting agency, Outcast. Sangha, who is directing Love Breakups Zindagi, reasons that he didn’t want to be biased during the auditions. “Sandhya has been around for a while. So when I go through the tapes of the auditions she has conducted, I can be objective,” he says.
Khan and Mirza echo his viewpoint, saying that’s how they cast new talent like Umang Jain, Auritra Ghosh, Vaibhav Talwar and Satyajit Misra, who played the editor of a news channel in No One Killed Jessica.
The trio also roped in theatre veteran Barry John to conduct a couple of workshops for all actors before they start shooting on February 15. Revealing that it was Mirza’s idea, Khan admits that he was initially apprehensive about it. “When Dia suggested getting Barry to conduct classes, I was like, ‘Are you mad? I’m not going to attend any classes’,” recalls Khan, admitting his fear of goofing up during the workshop sessions with the theatre guru. But Khan quickly confesses that by the end of the first day with John, he wished he could participate in such workshops for every film. “I wasn’t embarrassed about making mistakes. I felt liberated… all thanks to Barry who initiated many interesting exercises,” he says.