Soham, why were you lying low after Kaal? It took you almost three years to come up with your next film.
Actually let me put it this way that postKaal I had to go through many ups and downs. After I left Dharma Productions, I started with my own project then because of some people and other factors things kept getting delayed. But I think this film has happened at the right time. The film finally started under the banner of Ashtvinayak Films. I think it was my good luck when I started Kaal and then for next three years I was stuck with bad luck so it took a little more time to start this film. I think now luck is again on my side and Luck, the film is releasing this Friday, July 24 (smiles).
Soham in a Luck press conference [more photos]
The first promo of the film was very interesting - it had all the actors talking about their own lives, how did you conceive it?
Actually all the lines were written for all the characters keeping in mind their real life. I had this notion in mind that the title of the film that is Luck was bit abrupt in its own way; chances are that it might not give the masses a clue as to what is the content of the film. Then I thought of connecting it to the masses in a different way. I guess some 90 per cent believe in luck. We often hear people blaming or blessing their luck and then I thought of connecting this with the real life of actors of my film. The first lines I wrote was meant for Sanju Sir and then I thought that if I were to convince him then rest of the star cast will automatically get convinced. Then I narrated the lines to Sanju Sir but before that let me also add that it takes courage for one to admit and speak the lines out. Sanju Sir really supported me in this and he felt very connected to those lines and then everything fell into place.
What does luck mean to you?
Well, I would only say this that every individual resorts to hard work and every one has talent in some form or the other but at the same time you also need that little bit of luck to sail through. That little bit of luck element actually pushes you a step ahead.
Judging by the nature of your films, it appears as if you love making multi starrer films, is this true?
Notreally. Whenever I write or think about the plot of my story then I don′t think about the starry part of the film that the film ought to have some big stars. As far as casting of be it Kaal or Luck is concerned, I have beenvery lucky. Be it Dharma Productions or Ashtvinayak Films - both the houses believe in making larger than life films. The mindset and the thought of Ashtvinayak is very entertainment oriented so it becomes absolutely essential to get support from the production side to manage a big star cast in your film. I would only say this that the roles written for the characters were so strong and powerful that big star cast automatically came in the picture.
Now when you have worked with both Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan, do you find any similarity or differences between them?
Look, every actor come with their own principles. Every actor has their own timing and every actor have their own comfort level. Irrespective of the fact who theactor is, I have realized one thing that all honed actors who have been working for years in the film industry carry an experience, which can only make your film better. These actors are very sorted out in their work be it the technical aspect or the acting part of it. In a span of five days of shooting they can make out as to which way the fate of a film is heading. If it′s technically sound or not? So with respect to all these they matter a lot.
Your debut film has a horror film, how about Luck?
Kaal was basically a dark film and it had a horror kind of thriller to it but Luck does not fall in the same zone. Luck is more of a bright commercial masala and is an entertaining film. There is no any dark element involved in the film. It′s a very bright film. I won′t like to reveal much about the story except the fact that the film has something to offer novelty at a concept level. It′s such a film where you won′t be able to predict much nor will you be able to relate to it and that′s only because no such film has been made before.
Your debut film Kaal had SRK doing an item number, does Luck has any such item song in it?
There is a new girl called Snita on whom an item song has been picturised but she is also a part of the film. She is also playing a character in the film. The title song Aazma Luck has been picturised on Snita and Sanju Sir. The song comes in the beginning of the film and is part of the screenplay of the film.
Ok, lastly, has the film been inspired from the French film 13 Tzameti, how true is it?
If you were to see 13 Tzameti then you will realize that you can not adopt that film for a Hindi film and that′s so because the story level of that film is very small. Now since the premise of Luck as such is gambling so definitely i have been inspired for an episode of my film from 13 Tzameti.It′s an episode of some two and half minute in the film. But all in all Luck has got nothing to do with any other English or world cinema film. One of the deaths defying game part has been inspired from the French film.
Thanks a lot.