I don't expect Miss Lovely to do well in India: director Ashim Ahluwalia
Ashim Ahluwalia grew up watching Bollywood films. Despite this early education, director of Miss Lovely brings very non-Bollywood sensibilities to his films. As the film releases this weekend, Ashim avers the Indian audience is not ready for his kind of cinema yet.bollywood Updated: Jan 15, 2014 16:53 IST
Where characters and actors meet
Ahluwalia wants his cinema to be real. No wonder, he gauged the state of mind of his lead actors before casting them, for he wanted their real life to spill into their characters in Miss Lovely.
"Nawazuddin was a struggling actor when he was signed for the film (in 2009). He was frustrated with the kind of roles Bollywood was offering him. He thought he was not being given his due. He was getting very small roles that did not do justice to his talent. Nawaz's character in Miss Lovely (Sonu) is also undergoing the same emotional turmoil. It was easy for me to capture that on screen. That's how I cast my actors," says Ahluwalia.
Niharika Singh was also cast in the similar way. "Niharika Singh was also frustrated when I signed her. She had signed two Bollywood films. One of them was with Himesh Reshammiya that never released, and the other film never happened. She plays Pinki in the film who's a struggling actress," adds the filmmaker.
"I make sure that my actors don't act. They have to be themselves. The performances should not be forced. I never dictate what I want from them, I just let them be."
Dirty Picture inspired by Miss Lovely?
The director was quoted as saying at an event that Vidya Balan starrer The Dirty Picture was "inspired by Miss Lovely". Can he reveal more about it?
"One of the studios we approached for the film was Balaji. They said such films are not made under their banner and rejected my script. Six months later, The Dirty Picture was announced, which was based on a similar concept. What else would I think?"
The director is clear about his future strategy too. "I'm not interested in Rs 100 cr- 200 cr films. I want to contribute to the bigger picture."
That's a lovely thought! We sign off on this note.
What the film is about
Miss Lovely revolves around two brothers Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Vicky (Anil George), who produce blue films by sexually exploiting young women who aspire to make it big in showbiz.
The project that started out as a documentary was turned into fiction by director Ashim Ahluwalia who earlier got acclaim (including a National award) for his debut documentary John & Jane.