Work-alcoholic that Suparn Verma is, he was pretty much nicknamed as a 'slave driver' on the sets of his second film as a director, ACID FACTORY. That's not all, since the young man is also bald; the term 'takla' [baldy] was added as a prefix to the nickname.
"Yup, I am never going to forgive Dino (Morea) for that", laughs Suparn, "He was the one who started spreading the word on the sets I should be known as a 'takla slave driver'. He started it all and soon everyone joined the gang. I was truly cornered."
One understands the baldy part but why a slave driver?
"That's because my working style is to shoot quick and shoot fast. On days, we all have gone beyond 8 hours of shooting and even stretched ourselves to 12-14 hours a day. It was some effort from all because you can possibly request one or two lead protagonists in your film to be flexible about your film. My film has seven of them, so imagine the kind of coordination it would have required", remembers Suparn.
While the younger lot (Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Dia Mirza) were expected to keep their energy levels high, Suparn was surprised to see the way Danny Denzgonpa reacted to the toughest of conditions.
"He has been around for more than three decades and is known for not shooting more than 8 hours a day. He is also strict about his Sundays. But on the sets of ACID FACTORY, he has willingly stretched himself for 12 hours and even come on Sundays. What's more, he has always been the first man on the sets", says Suparn fondly.