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Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

I haven’t experienced anyone being starry or irrational: Homi Adajania

Homi Adajania, the director of films like Cocktail and Being Cyrus, talks about working with stars, and if he has dealt with any fragile egos.

bollywood Updated: Apr 02, 2017 18:31 IST
Pooja Sharma
Pooja Sharma
Hindustan Times
Homi Adajania says most actors are smart individuals.
Homi Adajania says most actors are smart individuals. (HT Photo)

Homi Adajania has not only directed films such as Cocktail (2012) and Finding Fanny (2014), but has also written scripts for most of his projects. Ask him if he thinks that the reception of a film heavily depends on its writing vis-à-vis other factors, he says, “I absolutely subscribe to this. Writing is the foundation from which we build moments, and string together the narrative. If the foundation itself is shaky, then it’s pointless building on it and making the film. We, as a company, invest almost the same amount of time in developing content as we do in shooting films.”

On being prodded about dealing with fragile egos at work, especially when it comes to working with stars, he says, “I think most actors are smart individuals, who find it stupid to be unreasonable in reasonable situations. I haven’t really experienced anyone being starry or irrational. Everyone is here to do good work. It’s about teamwork.” However, he adds, “If I ever do find the talent to be unreasonable, I’d politely request them to f*** off from my set.”

And what about taking inputs from actors? “I’m democratic in my approach. From an actor to a spot-boy, everyone is welcome to share a suggestion but only with genuine intent. At the end of the day, film-making is a collaborative effort. I’ll happily embrace observations that will make my story better.”

Homi Adajania’s next project are Raabta that features Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, and Takadum that stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 18:48 IST

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