STEADY HAND

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With Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku and Pink to his credit, Shoo­jit Sir­car knows what peo­ple want. “Cinema is like a psy­cho­log­i­cal war and heart­to­heart con­ver­sa­tion with the au­di­ence,” he says. “You can’t cheat them. They can make out if you are wrong.” Among his key col­lab­o­ra­tors is writer Juhi Chaturvedi, whom he knows from his days as an ad film­maker when he di­rected com­mer­cials for Chaturvedi’s erst­while em­ploy­ers Ogilvy & Mather. Af­ter Vicky Donor (2012) and Piku (2015), Chaturvedi will now team up with Sir­car for Oc­to­ber, which re­leases on Apr. 13. Star­ring Varun Dhawan and new­comer Banta Sandhu, the film is a “slice of real life love story” and is set in Delhi and Hi­machal Pradesh.

Talk­ing about the suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship, Sir­car says, “Our scriptwrit­ing process in­volves a lot of dis­cus­sion not just about the film but also about cook­ing, child­hood and deal­ing with kids.”

—Suhani Singh

SIR­CAR FILES Varun Dhawan and Banta Sandhu

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