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I’m proud of my crew: Divya Khosla Kumar

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ASIRA TARANNUM
Published Feb 13, 2016, 12:09 am IST
Updated Feb 13, 2016, 9:23 am IST
Director Divya Khosla Kumar talks about her latest cinematic offering Sanam Re.
Divya Khosla Kumar
 Divya Khosla Kumar

What are the trials and triumphs filmmakers face when working on their labours of love? We give you a dress-circle view of the action behind the scenes. Here, director Divya Khosla Kumar talks about her latest cinematic offering Sanam Re.

Filmmaking is no easy task. As a director and captain of the ship, there are many things that demand your attention — crewmembers, locations, budget etc. Whether it was my first film Yaariyan or this time around Sanam Re, I wasn’t handed a lavish budget. The budget for Sanam Re was Rs 15 crores. I had extravagant ideas for the film, but they had to be curtailed to squeeze into my budget — which meant pre-planning and putting down every single detail on paper. “Ho jayega,” “baadme dekh lenge” attitude just wouldn’t work here.

 

To make sure that I stuck to my budget, I choreographed all my songs — apart from the party number. I made my shoot division in such a way that I wouldn’t need to have all the dancers on all the days. I split them up in batches and days, thereby minimising the costs.

Divya with the film crew in LadakhDivya with the film crew in Ladakh

The location research was elaborate too. To get the perfect location, I first did thorough research and visited each place to do a detailed recce. After that I brought in the DOP and art director who finalised the locations. It was a big part of the job since I wanted to shoot against picture-perfect snow-capped backgrounds, which posed harsh weather conditions. While shooting in Ladakh, the oxygen levels were very low and the the nearest washroom was at least two kilometres away! This took a toll on some of the crewmembers. It was up to me to pep them up. Location continued to be a problem even in Canada. I had gone there well before the crew could arrive.

 

I usually don’t interfere with logistics and permission issues because I like to concentrate on the creativity aspect, but once I reached the hotel, I found out that the local line producer had not taken the necessary permissions. So I had to personally run from one hotel to another to get my permissions in place. I had to coordinate with my office to delay the crew’s arrival, as it would’ve been a colossal waste of money and time to put them up in a hotel before the shoot began.

Despite the odds we fought, Sanam Re has turned out very well and I am very proud of my crew. I hope the audience is able to appreciate our work.

 

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