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Bombay Rains And The Fascinating World Of Two Bollywood ‘Sound-makers’

All the films that I have made, I have gone back to them. They are masters of their craft, and now they are superstars in their field. They don’t have time, their days are packed. Big filmmakers have to wait for their time.

Cinemascope: Artist Zohair Diwan’s installation at a traffic island in Byculla, Mumbai. Made from metal scraps. Photo: Dinesh Parab

It was the same month, July. I had been to Bombay before. But this time I had moved here for good. In 1988. I was lucky to have found work in Bombay with the director that I wished to assist, within a week of finishing my course at FTII, Pune. Kumar Shahani was making Khayal Gatha; he had just managed to raise funding for the film. And since he wanted to shoot a part of the film during the monsoon—in Gwalior and Man­du—work had to start right away.

Well, that worked out well for me. On the one hand, we were working on the script, and costumes, and locations, and travel and stay, and on the other, on production logistics.  Most of this happened out of Kumar’s residence off Warden Road. Sim­ultaneously, work was on for the music recording.

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