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Huzefa Lokhandwala: Aamir's knowledge is commendable

February 3, 2012 07:15:42 PM IST
Rachana, Glamsham Editorial
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The credit for DELHI BELLY's success not only goes to Aamir Khan's shrewd marketing tactics and the immensely popular song 'Bhaag D K Bose', but also to the man who gave the mean comedy crisp editing to match with the storyline and now he is sweeping awards at various award functions. Well the man is none other than Huzefa Lokhandwala, who bagged the award for Best Editing for DELHI BELLY at the recently held 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards 2012 and 57th Filmfare Awards.

Huzefa Lokhandwala, who has 14 years of rich experience in the post production industry, with his distinct vision and creativity converted more than 400 hours of video footage of DELHI BELLY into a two hour movie without having diluted the directors vision. However for Huzefa it was all like solving a puzzle game. More than a challenge it was fun for him. Says Huzefa, ''It's challenging but in the form of a puzzle game. More than challenge it was like having a fun.''

Having said that, the award winning film required a special attention on the editing table as the genre and content of the film was unexplored. 'The script of DELHI BELLY, written by Akshat, was very strong. It demanded a special attention and ample support on the editing table. The genre of DELHI BELLY was something new so you'd better try something innovative to make it work. It takes lot of guts to put together such a film and pull it out. As the script was untouched, there was a risk of it going slapstick. There was a pressure of not overdoing it. We constantly kept restricting ourselves to not overdo it,' Says Huzefa.

He further adds, 'With powerful editing your film can either go leaps and bounds ahead or very badly fare. It is such a powerful tool where the director finds his vision falling into place. He finds the vision unfurling. Editing is very important part of filmmaking as it comes towards the end.'

Moreover, Huzefa and Abhinay Deo, the director of DELHI BELLY, share a great bonding and understanding as they both come from the same (advertising) industry. ''With Abhinay I share a very casual relation as we know each other from long time. Abhinay chooses not give me any brief. He finds a perspective in me that he does not want to colour with his own briefs. He doesn't impose his own interpretation. On the contrary he likes to have my views as well. A lot of directors now-a-days give that space to the editor,'' says Huzefa.

As per Huzefa, DELHI BELLY's success is incomplete without Aamir Khan. His immense knowledge and huge experience contributed a lot for the film.

''The knowledge that Aamir brings from producers perspective is commendable. Being with him was a very humbling experience. His caliber is so immense and experience is so strong that whatever point he makes appears as valid and logical. There's no room for argument. If something is not working he has no qualms in preventing it. And the fact that DELHI BELLY worked tells a lot,'' says a modest Huzefa.

Huzefa Lokhandwala, Creative Director, Advertising, India & Co-founder, Prime Focus has received overwhelming response not only for his work on DELHI BELLY, but also on other projects. Some of his award- winning projects include the Levis Sykes reversible commercial, Kesariya Balam music video for Sandeep Chowta and a film on rainwater harvesting which was in the final four at the Green Oscars.


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