Kaizad Gustad is back now directing a film entitled Jackpot with Sachiin Joshi and Sunny Leone in the lead. Sunny, her fans would be happy to hear, would be speaking her own Hindi lines in the film.
Revealing details, Kaizad says, “It’s not a romantic film, and my lead pair Sachiin Joshi and Sunny Leone do not run off to sing songs in the rain. It’s a full crime thriller shot in the backwaters of Goa on board a floating casino boat done in the style of the noire films in the 1920s and 30s, very dark and moody. Everyone is trying to con everyone else. Sunny Leone plays a femme fatale.”
The entire film is set in Goa during the rains. Says Kaizad excitedly, “We’ve never seen Goa in a noire-ish laidback and lazy and yet frantic.”
Naseeruddin Shah with whom Kaizad last worked in Bombay Boys is back in Jackpot.
Kaizad came into renown as a filmmaker with Bombay Boys in 1998. He then directed that fiasco of a caper Boom. Thereafter the mishap on the railway stations signaled a dry phase in Kaizad’s career.
“I did make one English-language film Bombil & Beatrice after what happened to me in 2004. It didn’t get released at all.”
Having been out of the loop for so long, one wonders if Kaizad feels like a fish out of water. “I remember running around 15 years ago with a script called Bombay Boys. Now I feel like the new kid on the block. A whole generation hasn’t seen my Bombay Boys. The film industry has changed radically. It’s far more open to films like Bombay Boys. The audience too has grown up. This is boom-time in Bollywood.”