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EXCLUSIVE: “It was a party to have Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi on set of Do Aur Do Pyaar,” says Shirsha Guha Thakurta

en Bollywood News EXCLUSIVE: “It was a party to have Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi on set of Do Aur Do Pyaar,” says Shirsha Guha Thakurta

Do Aur Do Pyaar also stars Ileana D'Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Shirsha Guha Thakurta’s Do Aur Do Pyaar has made heads turn because of its unusual and fresh pairing of Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi. The filmmaker said in an exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama that she is blessed to have them together in her first feature film. “Of course, as actors, I couldn’t have asked for anything better because they are both fantastic performers, as you would know. Both Vidya and Pratik are very different, but they are so amazing and amazing together. It was like a pure treat. It was like a party to have them on set. It takes your direction to another level,” she said.

EXCLUSIVE: “It was a party to have Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi on set of Do Aur Do Pyaar,” says Shirsha Guha Thakurta

Do Aur Do Pyaar is an official Hindi remake of the American film The Lovers (2017). “The basic premise came from that film,” said Shirsha. “And then we, of course, changed it to suit it to our society and country. For me, this is also a very Bombay film. The problems are very urban city problems. So, it’s a very Bombay specific story. The city is actually the fifth character in the film. It’s about a couple struggling with a dead marriage and they are cheating on each other. And that’s when they rediscover their old spark and start cheating on their current lovers (Ileana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy). Basically, chaos, comedy and heartbreak ensures.”

When asked about the reason for naming the film so, she said, “It is a take on the cyclical nature of modern love. So, love is no longer a simple binary equation. Hence, Do Aur Do Pyaar. Two and two doesn’t always add to four. Of course, you can perceive it in various ways. But this is what I think is the meaning of the name. It has four interconnected lives suddenly at a crossroads.”

Shirsha added that Vidya and Pratik were her first choices always. “Basically, we wanted honesty more than anything else. We wanted the characters to look honest. Vidya and Pratik were the first people we had gone to. Vidya liked it and said okay. And then we were actually writing the script before she actually gave a yes. She wanted to see the final bound script. But we didn’t work on it together. She used to give her feedback on what she liked and what she doesn’t.”

Shirsha did an interesting exercise to see if Vidya and Pratik would appear good together in their respective roles. “Once she came on board, we cast Pratik,” she said. “We had some meetings together. We had never seen them together, right? So, we met them separately and met them together. Just over coffee; not talking about the film; nothing. Just to see how these two people look (together), of course knowing that we had a casting thing in mind. All got along and then Pratik said yes.”

Do Aur Do Pyaar is releasing in theatres on April 19. When prodded about her box office expectations, Shirsha said, “There is no way to even know whether the person in front of me has liked it or not. I just hope they liked it. There is no way for me to predict the box office. So, I don’t think about it, to be honest. I just hope it does well. At the end of the day, it is business, so it needs to make its money, so that we can make more of such films.”

Shirsha also believes that hero-centric films shouldn’t be the only ones succeeding at the box office. “I also want it to do well because we don’t want just one type of film to work in theatres. Then we will only make one type of films. We need to have a range. As an industry, we just can’t always do action films and big hero-driven films. It’s not just about larger-than-life stories. It’s also about everyday life and everyday narrative. There should be a place for everything. I just hope that there is a place for this type of storytelling also. So, I hope it works at the box office.”

Also Read: Pratik Gandhi on Do Aur Do Pyaar and Gandhi, “Always excited to partner with Sameer Nair and his efficient team at Applause Entertainment”

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