Dipesh Jain is all praise for Manoj Ba­j­payee

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - Entertainment - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Di­rec­tor Dipesh Jain, who has ven­tured into the Hindi film in­dus­try with the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, In The Shad­ows (Gali Guliyaan), is un­like other debu­tantes. Not opt­ing for a com­edy or ro­man­tic film, he dared to choose a dif­fer­ent path. His film, star­ring actor Manoj Ba­j­payee in the lead role, is about how a man gets trapped in the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal maze of Old Delhi.

The big­gest chal­lenge was get­ting Manoj on-board. “I wrote the story keeping him in mind, and Manoj was the last per­son to be cast! By a stroke of luck, and through friends, I reached out to him, and he luck­ily re­sponded,” says Dipesh.

“He called me to Mum­bai to dis­cuss the script, and ended up bom­bard­ing me with ques­tions about his role. Clearly, he had read the script very care­fully. Also, look­ing at the re­sponse we’ve got from au­di­ences around the world, I’m con­fi­dent this is going to be Manoj’s best work ever,” he adds.

Dipesh feels that though choos­ing such a sub­ject was risky, it will pay off once the film re­leases. It has al­ready been se­lected for a pre­miere at the Bu­san Film Fes­ti­val and nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious Golden Hugo award at the Chicago In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

“It is easy to make a ro­man­tic film, with safer bets. Ev­ery­thing about a psy­cho­log­i­cal film, like ours, was a risk,” he says.

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

Dipesh Jain has di­rected In The Shad­ows

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