“I feel very privileged…”: Shirsha Guha Thakurta on working with Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi in ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’

Shirsha Guha Thakurta’s directorial debut ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ has been making headlines since its release on April 19. The film, starring Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi, is an emotional rollercoaster with witty dialogues and a web of relationships. Read more on Dynamite News:

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Shirsha Guha Thakurta’s directorial debut ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ has been making headlines ever since its release on April 19.

The film, starring Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi, is an emotional rollercoaster with witty dialogues and a web of relationships.

The film, which also stars Ileana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy, explores the intricacies of modern relationships.

Shirsha shared her experiences of working with actors like Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi and others. She also talked about how the casting happened.

She said: “I feel very privileged because I had some great actors.

There is Vidya, Pratik, Ileana, Sendhil. They all have a huge body of work behind them, a huge amount of experience and it was my first film. But they never made me feel like that.”

About the casting process, she added, “Initially, producer Ellipsis (Ellipsis Entertainment Production) bought the rights of the American film ‘The Lovers’ and they took it to Vidya and she agreed to do it.

But she wanted to see the final edit.”

‘The Lovers’ is a 2017 comedy romance film directed by Azazel Jacobs. Starring Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross and Jessica Sula.

Shirsha continued, “So we worked with the writers for almost a year before she agreed to sign it. Once she was on board, we headed to Pratik.

He liked the idea of ​​doing a rom-com. He loved working with Vidya. But all of us had never seen Pratik in a rom-com at that time.

So we met him one day for tea with Vidya, just to see what the possibilities were.

Will they look good as a couple? So when Pratik came on board, he was our second cast.”

Earlier, Pratik opened up about his experience working with Bollywood star Vidya Balan in their latest project, ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar.’

He said, “Everyone who interviewed her heard her laughter, heard her words… everything said about her is absolutely true, as I experienced firsthand.”

The actor added: “Her personality is just so genuine. Her daily life is just so joyful.

So that same vibe is reflected on set too… and it was my first opportunity to work with such a great actor.”

The director goes on to talk about how Ileana joined the cast, but the filmmaker was initially unsure if she would agree.
“We weren’t sure if Ileana would want to do it.

But she was very excited about the many layers that Nora had as a character. She loved it. And she said yes. We were very happy to have her. “

Thakurta revealed that while she did not originally plan to cast the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ star as an NRI, Sendhil – an American actor – got the role because he did not speak Hindi well.

“Sendhil’s character was not an NRI earlier. But there was a discussion that he will speak in English because he doesn’t know Hindi. He has never lived in India.

He doesn’t know the language. And we wanted to stay true to his profession. So we knew that a lot of the film was going to be English then.

The producers were magnanimous enough to say, let’s do what’s creatively right and we’ll figure it out later.

We made him an NRI and kept his role in English. It took almost a year and a half for the whole casting process to happen.”

While talking about her upcoming projects, she shared, “I am an ad filmmaker first and foremost.

So there’s nothing in a long format that I’m doing right now. I’m back to making ads.

We’ll take our time and see what we can do next because it takes a lot to make a feature film.

Until you’re really sure, I don’t think you should waste anyone’s time making something that isn’t worth it.”

Directed by Shirsha Guha Thakurta and presented by Applause Entertainment and Ellipsis Entertainment, ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ was released on April 19.