During the shooting of Acid Factory, one of the actors in the action multi starrer, Aftab Shivdasani, challenged director Suparn Verma’s entire shot taking approach. He got into a lengthy debate post which producer Sanjay Gupta announced it loud and clear that Suparn was the man in charge and his authority won’t be questioned thereafter.
Says a prominent crew member who wished to be unnamed, “This was during the South Africa shoot of Acid Factory. A pivotal scene featuring both Aftab Shivdasani and Fardeen Khan was being shot. It was a high tension scene that involved two cameras – a steadycam and hand held.”
“While Suparn was directing the scene, Aftab was very curious to know how he would eventually cut it. He kept challenging Suparn, so much so that the debate went on for a good half an hour.”
Though Suparn wasn’t quite pleased with the way the entire conversation was going, he kept his cool and had a word with Aftab only after pack up.
“I can understand where he was coming from. It was indeed a very unorthodox way of shot taking and something very different from the routine way of doing things. It was okay for Aftab to have some questions about it”, says Suparn who has earlier directed Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena [Fardeen Khan, Koena Mitra, Firoz Khan], again a thriller.
He did make his stand clear though. “When the day’s shoot ended, I met him and suggested that whenever he had any doubts in future, he could have a discussion with me after pack up but not on the sets. It isn’t fair for anyone to keep the shoot on hold for even one minute.”
Suparn informs that he had worked hard on designing the entire film in his mind and he had every single frame cut out for him even before the film’s shoot began.
“This is why I was so confident about the film”, he adds, “I told Aftab that he didn’t have to worry since the entire factory set was custom made while keeping under consideration the shot division. I had spent 3 months with Nitish Roy, the production designer, to get it all right. I requested Aftab to just concentrate on acting and he too was cool once he understood the way I was going to shoot the film. We shook hands, hugged each other and it was back to business the next day.”
However, the story didn’t end here. There was more to come once the production crew informed Sanjay Gupta, who was at that time stationed in Mumbai for some work, about the entire hold up in film’s shoot due to the lengthy debate.
Informs the source, “Once he heard what had transpired on the sets, Sanjay Gupta immediately wanted the message to reach out to the entire cast and crew of the film. He called up Aftab and categorically told him that he had complete confidence in Suparn’s abilities.”
“Yes, Sanjay did call up Aftab and then later me”, confirms Suparn, “That’s one call that I cherish most since Sanjay reinforced his trust in me. He told me that he was standing behind me like a rock and wanted me to make the film in the way I wanted it. In fact when he saw the final cut of Acid Factory, his face said it all. He felt really proud of the film. I am happy that I was able to justify the confidence he had shown in me”.
All is well that ends well. Ultimately the very scene for which Aftab had his doubts is now the actor’s favorite scene.
Laughs Suparn, “We happily chatted about the film once we saw the final cut together. Aftab was candid enough to admit that it turned out to be his favorite scenes from the film. I was truly humbled.”
Starring Fardeen Khan, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani and Danny Denzongpa along with Dia Mirza, Acid Factory is a Suparn Verma film of a Sanjay Gupta production and is all set to hit the screens on 2nd October.