The movie, which released in India on June 6, has been lauded critically and commercially. But Kakkar still wishes he had got a chance to shoot the movie in Pakistan too. There was always an effort to collaborate with Pakistan in ‘some way’ on the film. (Agencies)
"We shot the whole film in 20 days. We didn't have anybody from Pakistan while shooting the film but (Pakistani singer) Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan has sung for the film. We are glad we worked with him because in some way we wanted to collaborate with Pakistan," Kakkar said in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.
Khan crooned ‘Bhugol’ and ‘Bol’ for Sharib Hashmi and Inaamulhaq-starrer, but had matters been in Kakkar's hands, he would have taken his crew and shot the movie across the border.
"We would love to visit Pakistan but that is the reason for making the film. It’s very difficult to visit Pakistan. I would have loved to shoot the film in Pakistan, but you know how times are. It's not easy for a small film like ours. We couldn't afford to get stuck even for two days. We did our shooting in Bikaner and researched in Mumbai," said Kakkar.
The going wasn't easy for the crew at all. It took the filmmaker about 10 months to make the movie and by 2012 it was ready to hit the screens but he had no funds to release it.
"We had the money to make the film, not to release it. The cost of production is less but the cost of releasing is a lot more. We are nobodies, so it's difficult for a film like that. To make our film visible in the industry takes time," Kakkar said.
Presented by Shringar Film Pvt. Ltd. and UTV Spotboy, the movie won the best feature film in Hindi at the 60th National Film Awards 2012, the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for best debut film at the International Film Festival of Kerala and a special jury mention at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival.
The comedy-drama managed to mint over Rs three crore in the four days since its release but did not reach the audiences in Pakistan. The director hopes to make it happen someday.
"We are looking at a Pakistani release. We are in conversation with distributors there and the censor board. We are trying to show them the film and hopefully get it released because I really feel the film should be shown on both sides of the border," said the director of the film, which has also received thumbs up from celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
The Central Board of Film Certification in India shares a similar opinion.
"The censor board has been a darling with me. They were overwhelmed by the film. They told me that they want the world to see it. I feel blessed. I don't think the censor board is a big issue.
For me, it was a great experience with the censor board. They gave my film a 'U' certificate without a single cut," he said.
Kakkar, who will now helm Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's next production, graduated from television to films. He believes that television has been his ‘training ground’ but he enjoys filmmaking more.
He is in mood to do TV again.
"I would love to do TV. I feel the kind of content on TV can improve and can give the audience a lot more. The way we present human community is not how it is. TV is living in the 1980s and we have moved ahead."I would love to see content which is strongly story driven and there should be a start and end to it," said Kakkar, who had directed a few episodes of horror show ‘Sssshh... Phir Koi Hai’.
The movie, which released in India on June 6, has been lauded critically and commercially. But Kakkar still wishes he had got a chance to shoot the movie in Pakistan too. There was always an effort to collaborate with Pakistan in ‘some way’ on the film.