The village of Johri in the Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh is currently teeming with activity. Anurag Kashyap has landed there with actresses Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar to shoot for Saand Ki Aankh, a true-life biopic on the two iconic matriarchs of the village Daadi Chandro and Daadi Prakasho. And, the actresses are already forming an infuriatingly uncontroversial bonding.
Laughs Taapsee from Johri, “For those expecting catfights between me and Bhumi, sorry to disappoint you! We’re getting along just fine. In fact, we’re already bonding beyond the camera. When we’re not shooting, we talk about the local food, places to visit and everything except our film together. In fact, we don’t talk about cinema when we are not shooting.”
Taapsee says the locals have extended heartwarming hospitality to the crew. “The villagers throng the location in the wintry nights, not the least caring about the chill. They stand for hours silently staring at our shooting. The fact that a film is being made on the two most distinguished women of Johri gives them a sense of pride.”
Tapsee further adds that unlike Kashyap’s other films, Saand Ki Aankh is a happy film. “Anurag Kashyap is such a funny-happy person in real life. I don’t know why that joy doesn’t show up in his cinema. I can only assure you that he won’t do a dark film with me. Manmarziyaan and now Saand Ki Aankh are films radiating happiness. So, I can take the credit for changing Anurag’s cinematic mood,” she says.