MANJOY MUKERJEE - “I have been inspired a lot by my dad’s films”
By Manishaa R
What is Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara all about?
Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara is a musical rom com, which is a slice of life film in the life of three couples, who are stressed out and have their insecurities whether with life or with each other. On a trip to Kashmir, with no cell phones ringing and no stress of the big metro city, they truly discover each other and pick up the pieces of their lives to walk along side each other hand in hand once more.
Why did you choose to cast rank newcomers instead of well known stars?
The script demanded that I cast new faces never seen on the big screen till date, that I wanted to show to the world at large. I feel that it is easier to mould newcomers.
All my actors were very dedicated and passionate in their work and came for all the workshops that lasted for over three months. It was tough to choose the right actor for the part. I had auditions in Delhi and Mumbai, Chandigadh, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Delhi. None of my actors was from Mumbai and I had auditions for over 6 months. My film stars Sahil Anand, Niyati Joshi, Vikram Kochhar, Nilesh Lalwani, Jaika Yagnik, Divya Choksey, Herry Tangiri and Sareh Far from Iran.
In what way is your film different from your father’s films?
There is not much difference in my father’s and my film. Dad’s movies have been romantic comedies with superb music and the same is here.
How did you rope in your producers to make your film?
Deepak R. Gupta and Neha D. Gupta who are my producers, are our close family friends. This has been a joint effort by all of us including my younger brother Sujoy Mukerji who is the associate producer alongside our close family friend Ashwani Kumar. My younger brother has some wonderful qualities when it comes to producing, he is a cool customer and handle things with ease and humor and it is a plus point for a young producer like him.
Among your father’s hits, which are your favorites?
I love all my dad’s movies but my favourites are Shargid, Love in Tokyo and Love in Simla along with Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon.Dad was at his best when he worked with Nasir Hussain, who is one of my favourite romcom directors.
Like your father and younger brother, you have not shown any inclination to take up acting. Why?
I am happy in my space of writing, directing and creating music.I come across more as a quiet poet who loves the color of nature and life.
Does your technical crew too comprise of new comers?
It is Ajay Singha’s first Hindi film as a music director. His song Meheram Mere is already a hit. Subash Pradhan, who composed the title track is one brilliant composer from Darjeeling. Pervez Quadir has sung and composed a beautiful sufi track on the poetry of Bulleh Shah. D.O.P Anil Singh is truly a genius with his frame work and was a great help right from pre-production. Ranju Verghese and Kadambari Verghese are talented in their choreography. Papon’s Chhuliya and Mohit Chauhan’s Meheram Mere were choreographed by them.