Khosla Ka Ghosla is 15: Rishi Kapoor was first supplied Anupam Kher’s position, Dibakar Banerjee didn’t need Boman Irani as villain
A middle-class man falling into the lure of land grabbers and dropping his lifetime financial savings — this isn’t only a snippet from the core plot of Khosla Ka Ghosla, however a real-life incident in author Jaideep Sahni’s household, which impacted him so deeply that wrote a screenplay round it. He drafted it for one-and-a-half-years with such precision, that Dibakar Banerjee instantly determined to make his Bollywood directorial debut that went on to win National Award for Best Feature Film in 2006.
Dibakar Banerjee and Jaideep Sahni have been collaborating on a function movie for the primary time. They had a long-term affiliation from their promoting days and deliberate the movie throughout breaks from their desk jobs. So, if both of them had doubts, Khosla Ka Ghosla would’ve by no means been made.
Ranvir Shorey performed the position of Bunty, son of Anupam Kher’s Kamal Kishore Khosla in Khosla Ka Ghosla. (Photo: Express Archives)
Khosla Ka Ghosla went on flooring in 2003. Shot at a shoestring price range in 45 days, the actual problem was to launch the movie. The first buyers, Padmalaya Telefilms of Hyderabad, pulled out of the undertaking, leaving issues in mayhem. Other financiers who confirmed willingness to bankroll it, got here with situations. While some wished recasting an actor, others demanded an merchandise track and an motion sequence. But Dibakar and Jaideep have been adamant to not alter the center of the story.
“Content is king, but distribution is god. It took a long time for the film to release, in fact there was a time when we thought it wouldn’t just release at all and were quite upset. It was a small budget film that went on to become a cult. It’s a timeless story,” actor Tara Sharma, who performs Meghna instructed indianexpress.com.
Khosla Ka Ghosla lastly launched after three years of being shot, when UTV Motion Pictures got here to its rescue and distributed it.
Actors Anupam Kher, Ranvir Shorey, Parvin Dabas and Tara Sharma in a nonetheless from Khosla Ka Ghosla.
“It is a film that makes you laugh and touches you at the same time. People said it was a Hrishikesh Mukherjee type of a film because it’s about a common man and is laced with comedy. You have to be grounded and feel the honesty of the film to be able to deliver. And for that a lot of credit goes to Dibakar and Jaideep. The fact that we could finish it and release it was a big deal,” Parvin Dabas, who performs Chiraunji Lal Khosla aka Cherry says.
Khosla Ka Ghosla can simply be categorised as one of many first impartial movies that dug deep into the middle-class aspirations weaved round an actual property combat. Though as we speak, one can not change Anupam Kher because the naive Khosla, the position was first supplied to Rishi Kapoor. On the opposite hand, Vinay Pathak auditioned to play Khurana, which was in the end completed by Boman Irani. According to Jaideep, they felt so responsible of not casting Vinay as the primary antagonist, they ended up casting him as Asif Iqbal.
“Asif Iqbal’s character was written as a powerful character who would handhold the Khosla family and the audience through the twists and turns of the notorious real estate trade,” Jaideep instructed Film Companion beforehand.
The casting of Boman Irani because the evil property seller was one of many highlights of Khosla Ka Ghosla. (Photo: Express Archives)
But it was Boman as Khurana who took a serious share of the cake. This, regardless of many questioning if a Mumbai-born Parsi man might do justice to the position of a Delhi-based property seller. Boman, who was additionally capturing for Munna Bhai MBBS, mentioned he was “determined to make it work” after so many individuals “raised their eyebrows” over his casting.
Jaideep was the bridge between Dibakar and Boman to persuade them to work with one another. “Boman was a little hesitant about doing Hindi films. And Dibakar had in his mind, a bigger pot-bellied Punjabi property agent in mind, which is not a wrong imagination from what was on paper,” Jaideep added.
After spending one whole night and evening chatting with them individually, he managed to get the movie’s Khurana onboard. Boman joined the shoot halfway, however all that he received to organize for his half was an audio recording of an actual property seller from Rajendra Nagar, Delhi and a few movies to know their lingo and the way they behave with purchasers. Adding to the tactic was Dibakar’s choice of holding Boman away from the remaining solid to cease him from “humanly connecting” with the Khurana household.
Boman received to satisfy Anupam Kher on his second day on set. Kher, who performed the patriarch in movie, had a much bigger position off digicam – being the daddy on set too!
“This film was made while enduring a lot. We were thrown out of the hotel, there was a taxi strike, limited resources and the Delhi heat. I knew if the team gets scattered, the morale would run low and the team would disintegrate. So I would keep them involved, play games, take them out for dinners. I needed to go beyond my role of an actor,” Kher instructed Film Companion.
In Khosla Ka Ghosla, Anupam Kher’s household plans to deceive Kishen Khurana to take again their land which the property seller has grabbed by pressure. (Photo: Express Archives)
“It’s a very universal story that resonates with so many people. We had a great time making it. I feel blessed to be part of it and made some great friends,” Tara mentioned, including that she grew to become conscious of mafia that grabs land after working within the movie.
There have been no vainness vans, no luxuries and every little thing was on a decent provide. The solid and crew confronted many challenges and one such event was once they fell wanting the movie reel. The sequence the place a drunk Khurana escorts Navin Nischal’s Sethi to the automotive to see him off. It was completed in a single shot on a handheld digicam as a result of that they had only one can of movie left.
“Khosla Ka Ghosla was truly a collaborative effort. The biggest highlight of the film was the cast’s bonhomie, there were tough times while shooting but everybody stuck through it. Everybody knew we were making something special. It is not a film that comes along everyday,” Parvin Dabas added whereas chatting with us.
When the movie confronted an unsure launch with no cash for its post-production, Jaideep went on a backpacking journey to Italy to vent his frustration. It was there, that Dibakar gave him the information of producer Savita Raj Hiremath managing to boost funds for its music. Jaideep shortly received on to writing the lyrics and began faxing them to music administrators Bapi–Tutul and Dhruv Dhalla. So the following time you hear “Chak De Phattey” you’ll understand it was penned down by Jaideep in a small resort in Italy.
“The film is very relevant even today. Such stuff still happens, such scams still happen, and that’s because of the kind of people we are. There are always some people who want to make an extra buck and then there are some people who are easily trusting. So the story still makes a lot of sense even if the film was to be made today,” Parvin mentioned.
According to Tara, the tv screening and the increase of OTT gave a brand new lease of life to the movie and helped in it turning into a cult. “People ask about a sequel but Dibakar and Jaideep would always say when something is done and genuinely unique, you don’t want to tamper with it again,” she asserted.
Khosla Ka Ghosla finally made a revenue of double its price range. It was later remade in in Tamil as Poi Solla Porom (2008) and in Kannada as Rame Gowda Vs. Krishna Reddy (2010).
(With inputs from Komal RJ Panchal)
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