As Jhankaar Beats com­pletes 14 years to­day, di­rec­tor Su­joy Ghosh shares some me­mories

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When the film Jhankaar Beats is men­tioned, Su­joy Ghosh (right) takes a pause and says, “I be­came a di­rec­tor with the film.” The 2003 film star­ring San­jay Suri, Rahul Bose, Shayan Mun­shi, Juhi Chawla, Rinke Khanna and Riya Sen, com­pletes 14 years to­day.

As it was his very first di­rec­to­rial, the me­mories of the whole ex­pe­ri­ence are clearly etched in Su­joy’s mind. He re­mem­bers the very first day of shoot­ing when he ac­tu­ally for­got to say ‘cut’, as he didn’t know that he would have to say it. Juhi Chawla and San­jay Suri, who were part of the shot, there­fore con­tin­ued to per­form. Su­joy shares that some­one from the team had to ac­tu­ally tell him to say cut and then ex­plained that he is sup­posed to do it af­ter ev­ery scene.

“I was learn­ing ev­ery­day while shoot­ing for the film— from cam­era pan­ning to putting it on a trol­ley to us­ing lens and a lot of other things,” he says, ad­ding, “I am thank­ful that along with all the ac­tors, the crew was also sup­port­ive. So, I ba­si­cally learnt on the job. I to­tally en­joyed the process and still cher­ish the mem­ory of mak­ing it. Also, for a first­timer, I got four cred­its for the film (writer, di­rec­tor, screen­play and story), not bad.”

Jhankaar Beats was shot dur­ing 2001 and 2002 and re­leased the next year. Another thing that makes the film spe­cial for Su­joy is that he built his re­la­tion­ship in the film in­dus­try through re­jec­tions. “Ev­ery­one, from the pop­u­lar ban­ners to the up­com­ing ones I ap­proached for the film, re­jected it. I guess be­ing a new en­trant I was not ar­tic­u­late enough to ex­plain to them how ex­actly I was try­ing to make it. But meeting most of them just helped in build­ing the base of the re­la­tion­ships,” he adds.

The film was made on an ex­tremely tight bud­get. So chore­og­ra­pher Ter­ence Lewis, who also started his Bol­ly­wood jour­ney with the film, was usu­ally given a whole or half a day to chore­o­graph songs. “While work­ing with us, he got an of­fer from the pro­duc­tion house. And he had once come and told me how he was given at least five to six days to chore­o­graph songs. He told me that he didn’t know what to do with so many days,” smiles Su­joy who has also di­rected films such as Ka­haani (2012) and Te3n (2016).


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