The one other thing that director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan shares with the leading man of his second directorial venture besides a lengthy name is a passion for excellence. Sushant Singh Rajput has dedicated his whole being to playing the astronaut in Chauhan’s Chanda Mama Door Ke.
And the director is taken aback. “I expected Sushant to give all of himself to the astronaut’s part. But this goes beyond my expectations. He takes his character and the film to another level altogether. Sushant has given the film much more than I expected. Both Sushant and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are extraordinarily dedicated to making Chanda Mama Door Ke something never seen before in our cinema.”
And what exactly is Chauhan attempting? “It is India’s first space film. I don’t want it to be like any of the great space from Hollywood. I know we don’t have the resources to make something like Arrival or Apollo 13. But we have the passion and I think we’ve an extraordinary concept. And there is our producer Viki Rajani who has complete faith in what we’re doing.”
After Chauhan made his directorial debut with Lahore he took a break and left for the US. “It was in the US that my ambition of making India’s first space film concretized. Luckily everything fell into place. I got a supportive producer and a leading man who surrendered completely to his part.”
Chauhan will release Chanda Mama Door Ke on 26 January 2018. “It is an ode to India and Indianness. I am not the least abashed about Chanda Mama Door Ke being a patriotic film. We can’t think of a better time to release the film than Republic Day.”
The filmmaker with a vision is ready to face the music as and when the film opens. “I know I am dreaming big. But I’ve lived with this dream from the beginning of my career. In fact I wanted Chanda Mama Door Ke to be my first film. But I couldn’t get the support system to prop up my dream. So I made Lahore instead. Now when I’m living my dream I know my film with be compared with the space classics of Hollywood. But let me make it clear that we’ve undertaken a voyage into space that no filmmaker has dared before. And by the way, Gravity wasn’t even released when I completed my script.”