Over the decades, one has heard of scripts being changed mid way into the making of the film. Many of them have failed once the changes started taking place haphazardly. On the other hand quite a few succeeded when better creativity prevailed. While this is something which is not quite acknowledged by all, it’s a known fact that a bound script doesn’t always stay to be on to bound the same way before arriving on the sets.
Anything wrong with that? No, none at all as long as a script change happens before everything is locked (including cast, dates, locations, final deadline for the shoot, release date etc.). All is well as long as the change happens for the better. Yes, it may involve some heartburn for a writer because his vision may find some tangents from others (read: producer, director, actor) involved. However, as is the case with any creative journey, filmmaking too follows it’s soon; something that debutant filmmaker Punit Malhotra realised in case of I Hate Luv Storys.
Says Imran who admits that he wasn’t sold with the entire idea of I Hate LUV Storys in the very first listening, “I had a lot of issues with the script and I gave Punit a long laundry list. I told him, yeh problem hai, yahan isko aise theek karna hai, is cheez ko thoda badlo etc. etc.”
“I actually ‘pakaoed’ him for a long time”, he adds with a laugh.
This is where Punit had to go back to the drawing board as Imran wanted to be doubly sure about picking up a new assignment. Fresh out of the debacle of Kidnap and Luck, he knew that there would be tremendous expectations from him for his next release. Also, since I Hate LUV Storys would have been his only rom-com after Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Naa, his debut film which had proved to be a blockbuster at the box office, Imran had to ensure that it provided at least as much fun and entertainment as the Abbas Tyrewala’s film, if not more. In addition, the shooting had not yet started which means there was much more flexibility and time available to bring a change in the written word.
Result was a far better script which found an instant liking from Imran.
“This time around, the script was much tighter. The overall duration of the film too was just about two hours. The screenplay was literally flying and everything worked out to be just perfect. Once that happened, there were no hassles or worries because shooting was the easiest part. Also, this is where Karan as an enterprising producer came into picture because of his years of experience and standing in the industry. He got the best technicians, composers, designers, DOP etc. Things just fell into place”, details Imran.
Well, come 2nd July and we would know!