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The Director of Photography, Costume Designer and Production Designer of Happy Ending talk about the details that went in making the rom-com.
Mahesh Limaye, Director of Photography
Why were so many DOPs on the film?
The film was shot in two different schedules. I was suppose to do the entire film but the schedule clashed with my film, Yellow (Marathi). They shot one schedule each in Los Angeles and Detroit (USA) over six-eight months. The remaining portions were shot in India which is when I joined the crew. One song was shot by Sanjay F Gupta and Ajit Bhatt also shot some portions. I had to stitch everybody’s work into a seamless film and also did the DI (digital intermediate) which lasted for two months.
What brief had the directors given in terms of the visual appeal of the film?
By the time I got on to the project 60-70 per cent of it was done. When I saw some of the stuff shot abroad I realized the look was set. When you see films shot in the US you see a mix of cold and warm tones. The earlier DOPs shot a lot of it in the bright sunlight of Los Angeles. I found it quite warm and nice. So I wanted to carry that in the portions shot in Mumbai and give a warmer tone during the DI process. So there were some portions that had to be worked upon to match the tone of the film. Also being a romedy (romance and comedy) the warm tone suited the script.
It is not every day that a celebrity from Bollywood responds positively to a request for an interview across the miles in Doha. Not when the actress is about to release a star cast film and on the heels of a myriad projects. I considered myself fortunate when Kalki Koechlin agreed to an exclusive interview for Community.
Surprisingly, the voice on the other end of the line was friendly and totally unpretentious. “I’ve never been to Doha yet, unfortunately,” she said, “Of course, I’d love to visit. Who knows maybe we could come to promote a film there soon.”
Kalki isn’t like other celebrities who sometimes let stardom get the better of them. Her story is one that sets her apart from the crowd. For starters, she doesn’t have family ties or connections that would make it easy to land the laudable roles she’s been acquiring on merit.
Born to French parents, who have lived in Pondicherry, India, for more than 40 years, Kalki speaks Tamil as fluently as she does French. She says, “India has always been home.”
Perhaps, it is her unconventional looks that landed her a debut role in the film Dev D in 2009. But there was no mistaking the enormous talent. After playing the role of a prostitute in the film, she was later told by the filmmaker that other contenders had overdone the part during the audition, where as she was the only one who understood the role in its entirety. She won a Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actress for the film in 2010.
Happy Ending has released and found some extreme views coming its way. Since the films plays with the cliches, it eventually finds the same route which is ‘time and again successful’, just as the airport chase sequence which – for reasons unknown – never fails (as exclaimed by one of the characters in the film).
While reports continue to trickle in, a couple of points that are most prominent are the ones centered on the film spoofing Bollywood and then following the romcom formula while trying to beat it for a good part of the narrative.
Directors Raj and DK talk.
In your mind, were you designing a spoof in Happy Ending?
We won’t call that a spoof per se but yes, the idea was that the movie doesn’t take itself seriously. This is the reason why the film is neither a spoof nor a drama. There is a bit of satirical humor also, like the kind where Govinda goes on to get a six pack. It is little things like these that we worked on for Happy Ending.