Breaking away from the trend of designing sets with the help of computer graphics, documentary filmmaker Madhureeta Anand has planned hand-painted sets for her first feature film Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye.
She is also using handcrafted props in her film, which is about how to turn dreams into reality. Raima Sen, Randeep Hooda and Arbaaz Khan are leading the cast.
"The art work is completely intrinsic to the storytelling of this film. In every scene, the interiors and art work has been created to merge into the characters," said Madhureeta who has made various award-winning documentaries for BBC and National Geographic channel.
She also made a digital short film on child abuse, Walking On A Moonbeam.
Talking about the sets, the debutant director said the interiors have been made in accordance with the moods of the couple in the film.
Madhureeta said she did not take the help of computer graphics, which is in vogue, to create the sets. She feared that it would escalate the cost without any assurance of quality.
Set designer Amardeep Behl said: "Having worked on so many projects, what I loved about Mere... is the simplicity of approach that Madhureeta had for the project. The whole design, despite of many variations of texture, colour and lighting, had a very joyful thought running through it."
Madhureeta said the film has 30 sets, built according to the various moods, and the sets form an integral part of the story.
"Although it's not given due importance, the look of a film often gives a cue to the audience about it will turn out in the end," said Madhureeta.
The film has a music band that is also integral to the film. All the actors who are shown as part of the music band have undergone training in music before the shooting of the film.
While Raima took lessons on the harmonium, Randeep tested his skills in playing the flute.
Mere Khawbon Mein Jo Aaye is co-produced by Madhureeta's company Eka Films Pvt Ltd and PVR Pictures.