Ace National-award winning Director Madhur Bhandarkar talks on Fashion and his actresses.
The concept of Fashion had struck me when I was busy with the making of Corporate. Both the film has this high society concept woven in them. I thought about this then only that I could make a film on the fashion industry and thats because its an interesting topic in itself. The topic is very intriguing from common mans point of view. A common man sees models walking on ramp, designers busy everywhere and just too much of activities all around. It struck me that even a common man would like to know that what happens behind the ramp. From where do these models come from? Who are the people associated with the fashion fraternity? Who are the designers involved and whats their story?
Mugdha Godse-Madhur Bhandarkar
Judging by the nature of your previous films, they all have been rooted in reality. Did you find any difficulty when you started work on this film?
All my films involve extensive research and Fashion was no exception. This film too took me around six to eight months solely on its research. Initially people were apprehensive when I narrated them the concept of the story, they were scared that I might do an expose on them as most of my previous films had this touch of reality in them. They were reluctant to talk to me in the beginning, and then I gradually convinced them that the film is nothing of such sort. We were not going to demean anyone or try to make comment on anyone. I convinced them to see think about it from a films perspective. During my research I came across many things and then I had to concise everything. Had I included everything, it would have resulted in three more Fashions.
Has the film been inspired from real life elements?
There is already a sort of speculation, which the film is generating. There is a section thats saying that the film has been inspired from model Shivani Kapoors life, then some are saying that it has glimpses of Kate Moss life in it while some are saying that its based on the life of Geetanjali Nagpal and Carol Gracias. Well, we have surely been inspired by all and I wont deny this. We have incorporated few elements in the film from real life and we have never used them by digressing from the theme of the film. We have woven all those elements beautifully in screenplay of the film. When you see them in the film, it will surely leave an impact on you.
The Fashion team
Does your film make any statement?
We are not making any fashion statement through this film of mine. We are not telling to this anyone that you should wear such and such clothes and should not go for such clothes. We have neither talked about the politics, which happens behind the ramp. Fashion is more of an emotional subject and talks about the journey of a small town girl played by Priyanka who comes to Mumbai from Chandigarh in the hope of becoming a model. She comes to Mumbai and then struggles for a while, meets Kangana and Mugdha in the process and then its her rise and fall. In the whole process many things unfold in the process.
The film looks full of grandeur; tell us a bit about the details you incorporated in the film?
Everything needed to look good and beautiful in the film. The clothes were required to look beautiful and in a nutshell we basically required grandeur and opulence in the film. We required everything on a grand scale in the film. The models who are there in the film were all real models. All the known models of the fashion industry like Aanchal Kumar, Binal Trivedi, and Jesse Randhawa are part of the film. They co-operated with us a lot. Normally when they do a fashion show then they only have to walk the ramp only once but out here in the film they had to walk eight to ten times and no one ever complained. I am really thankful to them.
It would have been difficult on your part to manage three actresses.
Everyone was very cooperative when we shot the film. Priyanka, Kangna, Mugdha were all amazing and very friendly. For Priyanka I would say that it would be a landmark performance in her filmi career. The shades she had portrayed in the film are amazing.
Mugdha Godse too is there in the film and acting for the first time, did you encounter any difficulty with her as he has a modeling background?
There is a prevalent myth in the film industry that models cannot act. But Mugdha was a revelation; she shocked us many times by giving ok takes in the first take itself. Mugdha was so accurate and acted like any seasoned actor in the film. She knew very well as to how the dialogues in the film were to be spoken. As far as Kangana is concerned, when the script was being written, the only actress we had in mind for Shonalis character was only Kangana and no one else.
How difficult was it shoot this film considering the fact that it has got so many characters and so many sets?
When I was shooting the ramp sequence, it proved a really difficult task for me. It was very difficult to control the whole crowd as they numbered around 400 to 500. Apart from the crowd there were lights all around and technicians handling them. I used to feel very restless that next day again I have to go through the same trauma but because of an excellent technical team we pulled through everything. My cameraman with whom I had worked earlier for Traffic Signal and Corporate has done an excellent job. Nitin Desai designed the sets for the film and he has created 11 sets in all and they all are fabulous.
In Fashion too, there are songs which are playing in the background as opposed to lip songs, why is it so?
People often say this that there are no lip songs in Madhurs films. The songs keep playing only in the background. I really feel that my current state of realism should continue. Its jarring for me when actors and actresses burst into a song all of a sudden on the street.
Are you a serious person in real life too?
I do make serious cinema but if you get an opportunity to see me while shooting my film on sets, you will realize that I often indulge in fun elements on the sets. I crack jokes and do mimicry.
Thanks a lot.