New Delhi, Nov 22: Filmmaker Majid Majidi, who has directed Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khattar's debut Bollywood film, Beyond the Clouds, has finally come out in open. He has divulged why he selected Malavika Mohanan over Deepika Padukone for the film. Initially, Deepika had auditioned for the movie but Majidi decided to choose newcomer Ishaan Khattar and Malayalam cinema actor Malavika.
According to a Pinkvilla report the filmmaker said , “I didn’t want to work with Bollywood superstars. I always wanted to shoot at different locations in Mumbai, because places are also characters in my films. But even for one audition, it was difficult with Deepika (Padukone) as there was a large crowd and even more curiosity. That was the reason for not wanting to cast a superstar.”
“I choose my subjects from the society... I choose my heroes from the crowd. I mostly work with newcomers, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to work with professional ones,” Majidi said at a press conference on the sidelines of IFFI.
Asian Age reported that a daily quoted Majidi: “My producers tell me that Deepika had shown some interest in the beginning and it is because of that, that I wanted her to be part of my movie.And when I asked her for a look test, it was not to doubt her professionalism. She is an excellent actress. But how much she befits the role, that is in my vision, I wanted to see. Let me tell you though, that the circumstances were such that they weren’t favourable and nothing materialised of it.”
Majidi added, “I work with professionals in my movies. If you see my films, I pick up people randomly from the actual habitat. In my movie, if there is an old lady or a young man, a small child, if I picked them before they had ever seen the lens (of a camera), they come out as natural actors and I get the maximum out of them.”
Beyond the Clouds opened the 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa and is likely to be released in 2018. For the film, Majidi collaborated with an Indian cast and crew. Director Vishal Bhardwaj has written the Hindi dialogues of the film.