Sitting on the other side of the table, Vishal Pandya’s only concern was to make the AC remote work. Despite a few days left for the release of his next movie ‘Hate Story 3’, the director isn’t a worried man as he thinks that he has outdone what he had done in ‘Hate Story 2’.
In a candid interview with us, he speaks about ‘Hate Story 3’, the leading actors, and his expectations from Censor Board and the audiences.
Q. How different is this film from the first two installments?
A. It’s not a sequel but a prequel. So when you make a different story it’s always a difficult thing. And while franchise mein people start relating the movies to each other, this one is a new story with a different star cast and completely different concept. Actually it is very important for the audience to love it and judge whether it is new or old. However, we are quite sure that the people are going to love the new elements added in the film. So yes, it is way ahead of Hate Story 1 and 2.
Q. Is there any pressure on you since both the previous ‘Hate Story’ movies were a success at the box office?
A. To be very frank, har director yahi chaahta hai ki uski saari films successful ho, be it a part of a franchise or not. So yes, I do want this film to be a success too. Apart from that, the pressure was to prove myself as a good director in this one too, and not let the audience say that the director has made the movie in the same manner as he had made ‘Hate Story 2’. And while watching the movie after its final edit, I knew I have taken the movie to a different level. I am not concerned about the performances since they all have a done a wonderful job. And the other pressure too has gone down the drain since I am working with the biggest producer Bhushan Kumar who is also the best human being I have ever worked with in my life.
Q. Are you afraid of the censor board’s scissors?
A. Not really. I am not afraid of the censor board’s scissor since I know that they are just doing their job and edit out only those kind of scenes which they feel aren’t a necessity. However, when they know it’s a requirement in the film and is a part of the film, they do keep it. And even we have worked and shot only those scenes which would be allowed and do not cross their levels. Their decision regarding bold scenes is based on whether it suits the film or not. And in this film, all the intimate scenes shot are very much an integral part of the film; so I know they will see the movie in a different way.
Q. How would you describe Sharman Joshi and Karan Singh Grover’s chemistry in the movie?
A. That’s what the film is all about- their chemistry on-screen! While Sharman is a very experienced actor, Karan too has a lot of experience but in a different way (Television) but the way these two actors have complimented each other is undoubtedly superb. I had shot the entire movie first and shot their introduction scene towards the very end since that would have formed the core of the movie and was integral one. And the way they shot it, it was in complete sync with the entire movie. And it’s not just these two, but even Sharman and Zareen or Zareen and Karan, the chemistry between all the characters has been on-fire. And perhaps that’s the reason people are loving the trailer and the song videos.
Q. All the main actors in the movie had a family-image tag to them. So how difficult was it for you as a director to present them in a bold avatar?
A. It actually gets difficult when you tell them something else and make them perform something else. However, I had made it clear to them at the story-telling level itself that they would have to shed their inhibitions and go bold. And somewhere down the line every actor wants to do a different role in every other film, and sometimes they don’t get the opportunity to do such roles. So I think that I gave them a good opportunity to change their image…call it “bold” or “different” or whatever you may call it. And it was also a role the audience wanted to see them play on-screen since long time. So maybe they might have not got such an opportunity before, and I gave it to them. However, it was later their efforts to get into the skin of the character and do full justice to it which has resulted in the seeti-bajaoing responses to the promos and trailers.
Q. What is that one quality that can make you have a Hate Story with a person?
Here’s wishing the director all the best for the movie!