11 am: They are sweating it out, chasing one another under the arc lights. The day so far seems to have been hectic but their faces don’t give the slightest impression of tiredness. Actors Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Sheirgill and Kay Kay Menon relax in between shots while having a look at what’s been filmed on a laptop.
The last three days have witnessed quite a different scene at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. The 150-year-old heritage building has seen fewer business delegates and more film production workers shooting day and night for the last leg of director Anjan Dutt’s BBD, produced by Moxie Entertainments Pvt Ltd .
As the cinematographer makes the final adjustments the three find it an ideal opportunity to engage in a lively chat. Laughing and ribbing each other, Shah seems more like a friend than a senior actor. As soon as the shot is ready the laughs stop.
With professional skill the three actors swing into a different mood and shoot what seems to be one of the most tense scenes of the film. HT City catches up with Jimmy, Kay Kay and Shah and quizzes them about working together.
“I enjoy a comfort level working with both Jimmy and Kay Kay because I have worked with them earlier,” says Shah. Good roles have always attracted Shah but at the same time good co-actors, too, have mattered a lot.
“I have directed Jimmy in Yun Hota To Kya Hota and I share a special bond with him,” says Shah, adding, “I simply can’t forget Kay Kay’s dance in Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.”
Shah feels ‘acting is learnt and not taught’ and he finds Kay Kay and Jimmy equally good.
“My experience in BBD has been great and I have loved every moment of it because we three are always chatting whenever we aren’t giving the shots,” says Shah.
For Jimmy, Shah has been like a father figure and a friend. “I have learnt so many things from him. At the same time I can rock with him on the sets. He has never treated me like a junior,” says Jimmy.
“He has been my co-actor and my director. I feel honoured that he considered me for his first directorial venture and this association brought us close,” he says.
“We planned to go out and party in Kolkata but Naseerbhai has come for only three days and we could hardly manage time,” says Jimmy.
Kay Kay Menon
The shooting schedule has kept all the actors busy. They chat only on the sets. “Most of the time we chat about our work and life in Mumbai,” says Kay Kay. Jimmy is his contemporary and Kay Kay says they are the best of friends too.
“We have been in Kolkata for quite some time now and have developed a special bond. We freak out together after work at times,” says Kay Kay.