Phillauri di­rec­tor’s Delhi con­nec­tion

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Once a Del­hi­ite, al­ways a Del­hi­ite–– and that holds true for An­shai Lal, (above) di­rec­tor of Phillauri.“Main jab tak Delhi mein tha mu­jhe uske ba­har ki duniya nahi pata thi. I have grown up in the Cap­i­tal. My friends and fam­ily are here and this city has its own charm which is in­com­pa­ra­ble,” he says.

Be­ing born and brought up in Delhi, the city is clearly re­flected in his films. “Aap jis ja­gah se be­long karte hai uski chaap aapke kaam main aati hai. Chahe main kahi pe bhi movie shoot karu aur koi bhi cul­ture dikhayu, Delhi re­flect ho hi jata hai,” he quips. Af­ter his school­ing from DPS Mathura, Delhi, and grad­u­a­tion from IP Univer­sity, the di­rec­tor went to Mum­bai to try his luck in Bollywood. “When I en­tered the film in­dus­try, there was no so­cial me­dia around. I vis­ited each and ev­ery pro­duc­tion house to try my luck, that was the only way to find a job. Varna aap cold text bhe­jte raho aur wait karte raho,” says Lal who has worked as an as­sis­tant di­rec­tor in films such as Dostana (2008) and Pyaar Ke Side Ef­fects (2006). Phillauri was his di­rec­to­rial de­but, which is Anushka Sharma’s pro­duc­tion, af­ter NH10.

Af­ter more than five years in Mum­bai, Lal feels that the city has a charm of its own. “The city has a big heart, Though space is an is­sue, with good peo­ple around, it could be man­aged,” he says.

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