Interview : Arunabh Kumar

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Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC), the leading Bollywood production house has always been known for encouraging & churning out fresh budding talents in industry. Now the premier entity has roped in Arunabh Kumar, who assisted choreographer/director Farah Khan in the blockbuster film OM SHANTI OM. Arunabh who hails from the city of Jaipur is an ex-IITian and before stepping his foot in Bollywood he worked as a research executive for the US Air Force with a company in India. Let’s know more from the man of the moment Arunabh Kumar. Here are the excerpts.

From an IITian to Bollywood filmmaker, how this shift in career happened?
Frankly speaking I was getting bored of my job as a research assistant and wanted to do something creative. And above all it was my childhood dream to get into films. I used to direct plays and shows when I was in my 3rd year of college. I was a dramatics head and won several awards for best director at College level. I also did various short films. I was looking out for an AD’s (Assistant director) job then one fine day I met Vaibhav Mishra of Red Chillies who introduced me to Farah Khan who was making OSO. That’s how I stepped in Bollywood.

“I feel lucky to work with PNC in the beginning itself”

And how PNC came into picture?

Buzz18 in association with PNC had organized a short film festival after the release of OSO. After winning the short film contest I directly came in contact with Ram Kamal Mukherji, the vice-president of PNC. I narrated him 3-4 ideas. He liked my ideas and then & there decided to develop the story and make it into a feature film.

Is the title of the film finalized?

Can you throw some light on the film?
It’s a humorous film something on the lines of MUNNABHAI, OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE, KHOSLA KA GHOSLA etc. Youth-oriented. The story is about two brothers chasing for their dreams. The story is very earthy & realistic. It’s a sweet take on our everyday life.

Is the casting of the film done?
No we are working on that and yet to finalize.

So what’s your tentative cast?
Since the story is about youth, Shreyas or Shahid or Imraan Khan or Prateik Babbar would perfectly fit the bill. I would love to cast either of these boys.

How does it feel being associated with PNC the reputed production house, which has been in Bollywood for more than a decade now, for the very first film?
It feels great. PNC is big brand in market today. They have a quite repute. They have created altogether an unique niche for themselves. Offbeat films were considered as an exception earlier. It’s PNC who brought an upswing in offbeat market. Because of that offbeat films have gained a status equivalent to commercial cinema. Now they have become the order of the day. I feel lucky to work with PNC in the beginning itself. They are very kind enough to sponsor and give an opportunity to a short film maker to do a feature film. For me it’s an opportunity of lifetime. They are awesome people! Rongita Nandy, the creative head of PNC, was very supportive. She even gave me quite a few important tips which stood helpful in developing the script. Ram Kamal Mukherji was also very helpful. He supervised the script.

When will the film go on floors?
Probably in the year end.

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