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The debutant director and co-writer of Rang de Basanti on his film Kurbaan

Rensil D’Silva
Rensil D’Silva
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The story of Kurbaan was written by Karan Johar. Did you follow the original plot?

The story was Karan’s. He told me the story. I loved it and started writing the screenplay.

What attracted you to writing?

I’m a commerce graduate interested in films. I used to write my own comic strips and screenplay writing was a natural extension.

How good is your Hindi?

Pretty decent, but not good enough to write dialogues because I don’t dream in Hindi.

You were in advertising.

I joined advertising to get into films and spent two years being a spot boy, clapper boy and doing odd jobs. I realised I couldn’t become a director unless I took the writing route.

How easy was it to get into the ad world?

Very easy. If you meet deadlines and are focused, it’s a meritorious industry.

And were you a Hindi film buff?

I was. I loved Bimal Roy’s Madhumati; Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam; Yash Chopra’s Deewar; Gulzar’s Mausam, Aandhi, Ijaazat and Ramesh Sippy for
Shakti and Sholay.

What’s more satisfying, scripting, dialogue direction or does one lead to the other?

I think one leads to the other. I enjoy writing for sure. I realise form cannot replace content. There’s nothing if there isn’t a good story.

How did you begin working with Karan?

Karan had called me to write a film after Rang de Basanti. We got talking and felt we could collaborate on Kurbaan.

Is a film on global terrorism a risk or is it an issue that can fetch you a wider audience?

It can fetch you a wider audience but there was no premeditated grand plan. It’s a subject I’m interested in.

How does the finished product look?

I think Karan and I were bang on with the choice and you’ll see it. Kareena is an instinctive actress. Saif is a minimalist and his style is just what the role needed.

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