Q. Hi Shona, why did you take such a long time to come up with your second movie? A. When I was shooting for Chupke Se I was blessed with a baby girl. So the priorities then shifted from film-making to being a mother of a child. We had almost cancelled the last schedule of Chupke Se but in the end it turned into a good film. Q. Your first film Chupke Se didnt do well? A. I became a director at the age of 25 and you dont expect do wonders at this age. Chupke Se had a good run in the theaters.
Sonil Dedhia asks Shona Urvashi, director of Saas Bahu Aur Sensex, on the background and experience on the movie.
Hi Shona, why did you take such a long time to come up with your second movie?
When I was shooting for Chupke Se I was blessed with a baby girl. So the priorities then shifted from film-making to being a mother of a child. We had almost cancelled the last schedule of Chupke Se but in the end it turned into a good film.
Your first film Chupke Se didnt do well?
I became a director at the age of 25 and you dont expect do wonders at this age. Chupke Se had a good run in the theaters. I had my share of audiences and I am very happy with the way the film turned out. Its been a learning experience.
Shona urvashi with Tanushree
Why did you choose to make Saas Bahu Aur Sensex? What came up in your mind while you started the movie?
Two things are very popular in India the Saas Bahu serials and the Sensex. Saas Bahu Aur Sensex is a fun film on the changing face of India. The story has the Sensex as a backdrop to lives of the most unlikely investors. The storyline with the subject of the Indian stock market has not been shown before in Indian cinema.
How did Warner Brothers approach you for this film?
Warner Brothers had acted as a consultant in my first film Chupke Se and they wanted to work with her for a while. As I said earlier my priorities had changed and my daughter had born. Later when I wrote the script for Saas Bahu aur Sensex they liked it and decided to make it their first project.
Will the movie have a simultaneous release worldwide?
Yes, the film will be released simultaneously in India, Britain, South Africa and Dubai Sep 19. Itll be subtitled in Arabic for the Dubai audience and in the other two countries it will be released with English subtitles. The number of prints has not been finalized yet.
Scenes from Saas Bahu and Sen Sex. (More photos)
What kind of research did you do while scripting this film?
During my research for Saas Bahu aur Sensex, I met many housewives who collect the kitty party money and invest in the stock market. I found out that for many of the housewives, the Sensex is just numbers that go up and down, but it is a phenomenon that affects many.
Farooq Shaikh is making a comeback in movies almost after 10 years, how was it working with him?
Farooq Sir is an institute in himself. It was a fantastic feeling when he signed the movie. I was a bit hesitant in the start to give instructions to such a stalwart but once he came on the sets he made the atmosphere so light.
You and Abbas Tyerwala are good friends, he wanted you direct Jane Tu Ya Jane Na. any regrets of not doing it?
Yes we have been the best of the friends. We had co written my first movie. Yes he wanted me to direct Jane Tu. But due to my prior commitments to my daughter and then I started with my own script. But yes I will love to work with him and we would definitely make a film together. I have no regrets of not doing the film.
Your husband Raman Lamba had acted in your first movie, no further plans for acting?
He is the executive producer of Saas Bahu about his acting career you need to ask him.
Tanushree Dutta made a comment that she had no faith in you and she did this film because of Warner Bros. what is your reaction?
Let me make one thing clear it was not Warner Bros who casted her in the film. The casting was totally in my hands. Secondly we never had any problems while shooting for the film. We all are a big family and I dont think she has any problems with anyone related to the movie.
You have an experienced star cast of Lillette Dubey, Kirron Kher Farqoue Shaikh, Masumeh and Tanushree Dutta how was it shooting with such an experienced star cast?
When they were on the sets, I felt like Im the old person and they are the young ones, they were so mischievous and naughty. I learnt how much fun they can be. We never knew when we started and finished with the film.
Thanks, and all the best for the film.