A middle-class man falling into the lure of land grabbers and shedding his lifetime financial savings — this isn’t only a snippet from the core plot of Khosla Ka Ghosla, however a real-life incident in author Jaideep Sahni’s household, which impacted him so deeply that wrote a screenplay round it. He drafted it for one-and-a-half-years with such precision, that Dibakar Banerjee instantly determined to make his Bollywood directorial debut that went on to win Nationwide Award for Finest Characteristic Movie in 2006.
Dibakar Banerjee and Jaideep Sahni have been collaborating on a characteristic movie for the primary time. They’d a long-term affiliation from their promoting days and deliberate the film throughout breaks from their desk jobs. So, if both of them had doubts, Khosla Ka Ghosla would’ve by no means been made.
Khosla Ka Ghosla went on flooring in 2003. Shot at a shoestring finances in 45 days, the true problem was to launch the movie. The primary traders, Padmalaya Telefilms of Hyderabad, pulled out of the venture, leaving issues in mayhem. Different financiers who confirmed willingness to bankroll it, got here with circumstances. Whereas some needed recasting an actor, others demanded an merchandise tune and an motion sequence. However Dibakar and Jaideep have been adamant to not alter the guts of the story.
“Content material is king, however distribution is god. It took a very long time for the movie to launch, in truth there was a time after we thought it wouldn’t simply launch in any respect and have been fairly upset. It was a small finances movie that went on to develop into a cult. It’s a timeless story,” actor Tara Sharma, who performs Meghna advised indianexpress.com.
Khosla Ka Ghosla lastly launched after three years of being shot, when UTV Movement Photos got here to its rescue and distributed it.
“It’s a movie that makes you chortle and touches you on the identical time. Folks stated it was a Hrishikesh Mukherjee sort of a movie as a result of it’s a few frequent man and is laced with comedy. You must be grounded and really feel the honesty of the movie to have the ability to ship. And for that numerous credit score goes to Dibakar and Jaideep. The truth that we might end it and launch it was a giant deal,” Parvin Dabas, who performs Chiraunji Lal Khosla aka Cherry says.
Khosla Ka Ghosla can simply be categorised as one of many first impartial movies that dug deep into the middle-class aspirations weaved round an actual property battle. Although as we speak, one can not exchange Anupam Kher because the naive Khosla, the position was first supplied to Rishi Kapoor. Alternatively, Vinay Pathak auditioned to play Khurana, which was finally performed by Boman Irani. In line with Jaideep, they felt so responsible of not casting Vinay as the primary antagonist, they ended up casting him as Asif Iqbal.
“Asif Iqbal’s character was written as a robust character who would handhold the Khosla household and the viewers by the twists and turns of the infamous actual property commerce,” Jaideep advised Movie Companion beforehand.
But it surely was Boman as Khurana who took a serious share of the cake. This, regardless of many questioning if a Mumbai-born Parsi man might do justice to the position of a Delhi-based property supplier. Boman, who was additionally capturing for Munna Bhai MBBS, stated he was “decided to make it work” after so many individuals “raised their eyebrows” over his casting.
Jaideep was the bridge between Dibakar and Boman to persuade them to work with one another. “Boman was a bit hesitant about doing Hindi movies. And Dibakar had in his thoughts, an even bigger pot-bellied Punjabi property agent in thoughts, which isn’t a fallacious creativeness from what was on paper,” Jaideep added.
After spending one total night and evening talking to them individually, he managed to get the movie’s Khurana onboard. Boman joined the shoot halfway, however all that he acquired to arrange for his half was an audio recording of an actual property supplier from Rajendra Nagar, Delhi and a few movies to know their lingo and the way they behave with shoppers. Including to the tactic was Dibakar’s resolution of preserving Boman away from the remaining forged to cease him from “humanly connecting” with the Khurana household.
Boman acquired to satisfy Anupam Kher on his second day on set. Kher, who performed the patriarch in movie, had an even bigger position off digicam – being the daddy on set too!
“This movie was made whereas enduring quite a bit. We have been thrown out of the lodge, there was a taxi strike, restricted assets and the Delhi warmth. I knew if the crew will get scattered, the morale would run low and the crew would disintegrate. So I’d hold them concerned, play video games, take them out for dinners. I wanted to transcend my position of an actor,” Kher advised Movie Companion.
“It’s a really common story that resonates with so many individuals. We had a good time making it. I really feel blessed to be a part of it and made some nice associates,” Tara stated, including that she turned conscious of mafia that grabs land after working within the movie.
There have been no self-importance vans, no luxuries and every little thing was on a good provide. The forged and crew confronted many challenges and one such event was after they fell wanting the movie reel. The sequence the place a drunk Khurana escorts Navin Nischal’s Sethi to the automotive to see him off. It was performed in a single shot on a handheld digicam as a result of that they had only one can of movie left.
“Khosla Ka Ghosla was actually a collaborative effort. The largest spotlight of the movie was the forged’s bonhomie, there have been powerful instances whereas capturing however all people caught by it. All people knew we have been making one thing particular. It’s not a movie that comes alongside on a regular basis,” Parvin Dabas added whereas talking to us.
When the movie confronted an unsure launch with no cash for its post-production, Jaideep went on a backpacking journey to Italy to vent his frustration. It was there, that Dibakar gave him the news of producer Savita Raj Hiremath managing to boost funds for its music. Jaideep shortly acquired on to writing the lyrics and began faxing them to music administrators Bapi–Tutul and Dhruv Dhalla. So the following time you hear “Chak De Phattey” you’ll understand it was penned down by Jaideep in a small lodge in Italy.
“The movie could be very related even as we speak. Such stuff nonetheless occurs, such scams nonetheless occur, and that’s due to the form of individuals we’re. There are all the time some individuals who wish to make an additional buck after which there are some people who find themselves simply trusting. So the story nonetheless makes numerous sense even when the movie was to be made as we speak,” Parvin stated.
In line with Tara, the tv screening and the increase of OTT gave a brand new lease of life to the movie and helped in it turning into a cult. “Folks ask a few sequel however Dibakar and Jaideep would all the time say when one thing is completed and genuinely distinctive, you don’t wish to tamper with it once more,” she asserted.
Khosla Ka Ghosla finally made a revenue of double its finances. It was later remade in in Tamil as Poi Solla Porom (2008) and in Kannada as Rame Gowda Vs. Krishna Reddy (2010).
(With inputs from Komal RJ Panchal)