There's lots of spice in Cheeni Kum
A title like
makes one wonder. It also spells immediate connect for a certain age group. "It sounds like a film about us, senior citizens. I am curious," says Poornima Singhal (56). And younger citizens are not complaining either.
Says Akash Ma1hotra (29), "A 64-year-old romancing someone half his age. I can always borrow some ideas." If you thought the title and the storyline were both offbeat, wait till you meet some of the crew.
Or R Balakrishnan, director
Ad to films:
The best way to learn about films is by watching them. I am a big film buff. In ad-world an idea gets over in three months. Here it takes longer and the challenge is to keep the idea fresh for that long.
"When I scripted the film, I didn't need to sketch Budhdev Gupta's character I knew he had to be exactly like Bachchan. He is the
man. I saw the funny side of the whole thing a romance between a 64-year-old man and 34-year-old woman. The two characters share an amazing chemistry When you see both of them you are convinced that this can happen.
A film without music:
That is what it would have been if Illayaraja had refused to do it. I am a great fan of his. And I knew if any body would do the music it had to be him.
Chandan Arora, editor
Chopping a Bachchan film:
Every film comes with its own set of challenges. But this was a Bachchan film. To add to that there was the God of cinematography PC Sreeram working on it. And, then of course it was being directed by man who is used to conveying a story in 20 to 30 seconds. On the whole, both learning and challenging.
Manoj Tapadia, 32, lyricist
From making money by writing love letters for school friends to writing songs for
, it's been good so far In any case, I'm more interested in the journey than the destination. It was great fun working with all these people and for some strange reason Mr Bachchan would always call me
First feature film:
It's my first feature film as a lyricist. I'm excited. I don't know what the future holds for me and I'm waiting for people to react. I've been working under Balki (the director of
) for the last three-and-half years. Together we've done numerous advertising projects but this time it was dit^ferent.
Working with Sameer:
I was asked to help Balki with the dialogues of the film. I didn't realise at the time that I'd end up writing the lyrics. That I'd share the credits with none other than Sameer I was a little apprehensive but Sameer was very supportive. There were times when I raised objections to the lines written by him. In those situations, Balki's word was final. I've contributed to almost all the songs expect one and it feels good.
Forever and ever:
There may be more films offers pouring in after
but I'll never give up advertising for anything. I'm what I'm today because of advertising.