‘6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’: Sharat Katariya And Maneesh Sharma Had Got The National Film Award For Bhumi Pednekar And Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Film
Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ completed 6 years today. Bhumi debut with this film in 2015. Producer-director duo Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya are yet in quite a disbelief that they won the distinguished National Film Awards for the Best motion picture in Hindi. Maneesh and Sharat opened about their journey into making this fresh, timeless romance on this big day.
DLKH was your first film as a producer at YRF. What made you’re taking the plunge as a producer?
Maneesh: Some take the plunge; others are tripped into the pool. I’m the latter. Producing films was nowhere in my scheme of things, but I had not anticipated 1 Mr Aditya Chopra’s plans. Shuddh Desi Romance had just released, and that I was prepping for Fan. One fine day, a conversation initiated by Adi led to me becoming a producer just about overnight. C ‘est la vie!
You broke through in Bollywood with DLKH – did you expect this reaction once you were writing the film?
Sharat: No, one isn’t thinking any quite (such thing), one is usually unsure and is generally trying to write down with the simplest possible ideas one can have while writing. There was no expectation, if you’re asking, I used to be overwhelmed by the reaction but never expected it like that.
As a producer, what are the type of stories that you want to tell?
Maneesh: regardless of which role i’m engaged in a movie with – producer, director or story writer – I rely tons on my instinct. It’s tons to try to to with what feels right at that stage of life, and you click with a narrative or a personality or a genre and you back your instinct and plan to invest some time and energy into the method. So far, that’s mostly worked on behalf of me, I guess.
What does one thing is that the USP of DLKH that it’s achieved a cult status?
Sharat: I do not know; I honestly do not know. I saw the film a year after it had been released, again, at a movie festival with the audience, and afterwards, also, a few years later, again I saw it. I still do not know what worked with the audience, but I’m assuming that It still may be a hypothetical answer from my end, maybe the comedy, the characters, or I do not know what worked, or what was new in it, because once I hear the word ‘fresh’, I do not know what was fresh in it? I haven’t any idea; I can not break it down for myself. If I could, I might do this again.
When you and Sharat were teaming up for DLKH – did you expect the film to succeed in where it’s now?
Maneesh: All we hoped for was for the audience to attach to the narrative’s grounded and nostalgic quality. The love and heat the film has received over time do validate our conviction. Each film has its measure of ambition. This one did tick many of the boxes.
You have India, a fresh, new and exciting pairing of Ayushmann and Bhumi, who has now had a hattrick of hits. What does one think made these two so endearing in DLKH that folks have loved them ever since?
Sharat: It’s just their talent, nothing else! It’s their talent to step into the character’s skin and become the characters they’ve asked for, for any film they are doing. I am sure that’s why their movies work, and their performances work, then yes, it’s purely their talent.
What was the first thing you and Sharat said to every other once you won the film’s National Award?
Maneesh: Kya baat kar raha hai !!
What was your reaction once you won the National Award for the film?
Sharat: I even have very fond memories. One thing was that I need to know of it from a friend’s tweet. I didn’t realize it when it had been being announced, so one among my friends tweeted it and that I need to know and that I was like ‘really?’ i used to be not expecting it and that i wasn’t even aware that awards were announced or (the film was) submitted for the awards. I’ll tell you bit by bit what had happened; my first reaction was like, Oh God! I won’t be ready to work the entire day now. First, it wasn’t sinking in, but it sank in when there have been multiple phone calls then, and I remember calling Maneesh. I told him that the film had won a National Award for the film and the simplest singer (Monali) and Varun (Grover) for the simplest lyrics. So, he was also equally surprised, and he said, what are you saying! Then phone calls started coming, and therefore the phone was ringing non-stop. This has never happened to me; there have been numerous phone calls; it had been overwhelming an overwhelming experience.