Tell us something about ‘Chehre’.
‘Chehre’ is a mystery-thriller that revolves around a group of friends. It’s an intriguing story with Bachchan Saab versus Emraan, who plays a business tycoon.
What attracted you to this story?
‘Chehre’ is a suspense-filled script that is not predictable. Such stories keep the audience guessing till the very end. Viewers love such films and I personally find them challenging. It takes great precision to create engaging cinema.
You bring an unusual pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi in the film. How did you get them on board?
It might appear unusual to some, but they are just two very good actors who fit into the roles they portray beautifully. Amit ji is a legend and when I heard the script I knew he would bring it alive. Emraan is a super performer and an effortless actor. So, honestly, for me, the casting was a no-brainer.
How was your experience working with Amitabh Bachchan?
Everybody knows that Amit Ji is a thorough professional, punctual to a fault, a team player on sets, and an actor who respects the time of the producer and the creative voice of the director. His energy levels are better than those of people half his age and his commitment to his craft is unmatched. He is a true ‘karm yogi’ and an inspiration for those who want lasting success in any profession. He is living proof that with undivided focus, anything can be achieved. He is a legend who works very hard and never takes his success for granted. He is my hero on and off the screen.
What are your thoughts on Emraan Hashmi as an actor?
Emraan has his way of communicating with the camera. He is a supremely confident actor who never seems overdramatic in a scene but always manages to communicate what he needs to with the most economical. His understanding of cinema is very contemporary and he is an actor you never get bored of watching because he is not repetitive. He will be a revelation in ‘Chehre’ though he has already carved a niche for himself in the industry. He can do a lot more and he will.
Describe a day on the sets of ‘Chehre’. Can you share some anecdotes from the shooting days?
Working with a cast that is as distinct as ‘Chehre’s’ is any producer’s dream come true. From Amitabh Ji to Emraan Hashmi to every other stalwart on the sets was professional to a fault. During the shoot in Slovakia, the temperature once dropped to -14°C, and Amit Ji was still recovering from a recent hospitalization and I thought we should avoid shooting for that day. But the local authorities refuse to give up and said they would have things in place. What amazed me, even more, was that Amit Ji was the first one to arrive on the set. It’s hard to forget such professionalism.
The film is being helmed by Rumi Jaffrey. How is he as a director?
Rumi Ji is a sensitive filmmaker who understands the craft of storytelling. I have observed his work and loved his writing and concepts.