This Article is From Sep 19, 2012

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is a very emotional film: Vijay Raaz

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is a very emotional film: Vijay Raaz

Actor Vijay Raaz dons director's hat

Highlights

  • His brilliant performances manage to raise a laugh almost always but Vijay Raaz opts for a complete role-reversal as he goes behind the camera to probe questions of war and peace through his Partition-themed drama Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.
  • Vijay Raaz, best known for his memorable roles in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, Raghu Romeo and Delhi Belly, said it was a great story to mark his directorial debut.
  • "It is a very emotional film for me because I don't come from the regular set-up. I just wanted to narrate the story my way. I did not lose sleep on making it commercially viable by putting in an item song. It is a very innocent story," Vijay Raaz told PTI in an interview.
  • The film has some brilliant songs by poet-lyricist Gulzar, who also turns narrator for the 1948-set drama. "Gulzar saab liked the film very much. He knows that period very well and has written a lot about it. He thought may be the film needed him. It has become more special with his involvement. He is a narrator and has written songs also," said Vijay Raaz.
  • Produced by Karan Arora, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore may hit theatres by October or November. Apart from Vijay Raaz, the film's cast include Oye Lucky Lucky Oye actor Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan.
  • Vijay Raaz said that he was attracted to the story's theme about the bond between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo-Pak border. "The film comes with the message that humanity is bigger than any religion or any country and that's what we have tried to convey through the film," Vijay Raaz said.
  • Asked how he managed the dual role of a director and actor, Vijay Raaz said, "It was great fun actually. The story got me interested immediately. I knew what I wanted to say through camera. I picked up points while working as an actor so it was not all that difficult. I could translate my vision into the story so it gave me a great sense of joy, which every artist covets."
  • Vijay Raaz, who was born and raised in Delhi, said that he never dreamt of becoming an actor while growing up. "I did not have big dreams and never bothered about what I will become when I grow up. I used to dream about winning most marbles in a game. But when I started acting in theatre, I realised that it was something that I enjoyed the most," he said.
  • "I take up only those roles that are fun to do. I don't over burden myself with too many films. This is why I am still in love with my job." The actor said that he will go behind the camera again if anything interesting comes his way.
New Delhi: His brilliant performances manage to raise a laugh almost always but Vijay Raaz opts for a complete role-reversal as he goes behind the camera to probe questions of war and peace through his Partition-themed drama Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.

Vijay Raaz, best known for his memorable roles in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, Raghu Romeo and Delhi Belly, said it was a great story to mark his directorial debut.

"It is a very emotional film for me because I don't come from the regular set-up. I just wanted to narrate the story my way. I did not lose sleep on making it commercially viable by putting in an item song. It is a very innocent story," Vijay Raaz told PTI in an interview.

The film has some brilliant songs by poet-lyricist Gulzar, who also turns narrator for the 1948-set drama. "Gulzar saab liked the film very much. He knows that period very well and has written a lot about it. He thought may be the film needed him. It has become more special with his involvement. He is a narrator and has written songs also," said Vijay Raaz.

Produced by Karan Arora, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore may hit theatres by October or November. Apart from Vijay Raaz, the film's cast include Oye Lucky Lucky Oye actor Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan.

Vijay Raaz said that he was attracted to the story's theme about the bond between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo-Pak border. "The film comes with the message that humanity is bigger than any religion or any country and that's what we have tried to convey through the film," Vijay Raaz said.

Asked how he managed the dual role of a director and actor, Vijay Raaz said, "It was great fun actually. The story got me interested immediately. I knew what I wanted to say through camera. I picked up points while working as an actor so it was not all that difficult. I could translate my vision into the story so it gave me a great sense of joy, which every artist covets."

Vijay Raaz, who was born and raised in Delhi, said that he never dreamt of becoming an actor while growing up. "I did not have big dreams and never bothered about what I will become when I grow up. I used to dream about winning most marbles in a game. But when I started acting in theatre, I realised that it was something that I enjoyed the most," he said.

"I take up only those roles that are fun to do. I don't over burden myself with too many films. This is why I am still in love with my job." The actor said that he will go behind the camera again if anything interesting comes his way.

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