This week has been pretty action-packed. I’ve wrapped up shooting for I Hate Luv Storys (there’s still one song left to shoot, but we’re doing that later), and started rehearsals for my next film, Break Ke Baad. We’ve got a couple of days to rehearse before we start shooting for it in Delhi from March 18. I’m not happy about starting a new film so soon after finishing one, because that gives me very little time to work out my character. Ideally, I would have liked to have a month or so beforehand to do rehearsals with the director and my co-actors, but I guess I’ll have to make do.
This is also a transitionary time, where I’m shifting over from one crew to another. I’ve spent the past five months working very closely with the IHLS team. When you’re making a film, you spend pretty much all your waking hours with this one bunch of people; early mornings, late nights, remote locations, whatever the film throws at you, you experience together. And for that short period of time your world consists of only that one film, and the people working on it.
And now suddenly it’s all done. Shooting is over, and everyone’s going to move on to their next project. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m honestly glad the film’s over, and happy to be moving forward, but I know I’ll miss a lot of the people I worked with (some I won’t miss at all... but that’s a story for another time).
It’s not all darkness and gloom though. Starting a new film is always exciting, and I’m really looking forward to starting work with my director. (Side note, I’m making a prediction in print BEFORE the film has started shooting: I suspect making this film is going to be a gruelling process involving many double-shifts and sleepless nights. End prediction.) Then there’s the many new actors I’ll be working with, which is another thing I love.
Notice how I’m see-sawing back and forth? That’s just how it goes. You like a script, you sign the film, you’re excited about starting it, you start it, you work like a dog, you get tired, you hate waking up in the morning to go back to the set, you keep working like a dog, you finish the film, you start to miss working on the film, you find a new script you like... and it starts all over again. I love it.