A breezy offering of new age Indian cinema welcomes in the New Year as romantic drama, OK Jaanu, releases in cinemas on 13th January 2017, presented by Dharma Productions and Madras Talkies, distributed by Fox Star Studios.
Reflecting modern, urban India and its energy, aspirations and love stories, conveyed through the inimitable style of director Shaad Ali (Bunty Aur Babli, Saathiya), OK Jaanu revolves around a young couple in a live-in relationship in Mumbai. The juxtaposition of career, ambitions, playfulness and emotions are brought to life onscreen through tender humor and pathos. The film is inspired by the super hit Tamil film, OK Kadhal Kanmani, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam, who here lends his creative input as co-producer.
A wealth of acting talent takes ownership of the screen in OK Jaanu as new gen artists Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur join veterans Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson, respectively delivering performances that will resonate with cross-generational audiences. Academy, BAFTA, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning musical genius, A.R. Rahman, has crafted another impeccable soundtrack, including a reworking of one of contemporary Indian cinema’s most iconic anthems, Rahman’s earlier Hamma Hamma (Bombay), redelivered in the form of The Humma Song that’s already championing the airwaves.
Shraddha Kappoor sits down with UrbanAsian.com about her upcoming film! Find out what this rocking actress had to say about her upcoming film!
OK Jaanu looks like the perfect, feel good film to welcome in the New Year. Would you agree?
Yes I do. It’s in a happy space, the film and is perfect for everyone who wants to have a smile on their faces.
It seems the perspectives of alternative generations are presented through Adi and Tara; and Gopi and Charu. Do you feel the film will consequently appeal to a broad demographic of cinemagoers?
Absolutely. It will appeal to a wide range of audience simply because that’s the construct of its story.
How is Shaad Ali to work with as a director?
Amazing. He is so into what he does and is extremely passionate so that’s very inspiring. At the same time he gives you that room to do what you would like to, in front of the camera.
You appear onscreen with Aditya Roy Kapur following the huge success of Aashiqui 2. Although different in genres, what sort of screen magic can audiences expect from you both once again?
The expectations are high and I do hope that the audience enjoys seeing us in this film. It is a different space from our first film together.
Tell us an interesting anecdote from the sets.
There are too many. One of the best things about this film was that everyone was very invested in the film personally. Especially the assistant directors.
How relatable was Tara as a character to you personally and how did you immerse yourself in the character?
One of the most important things that Shaad wanted to come across was that I am more mature than Aditya’s character and hence he told me to focus on the way I deliver my dialogues.
There is a rich, filmic heritage of remaking popular Tamil films in Bollywood. How much does OK Jaanu mirror the earlier OK Kanmani?
It is exactly the same as the Tamil one only thing is that it is adapted to Hindi cinema.
Bollywood cinema, as an art, seems to be more closely imitating life, through subject matters and narratives. Do you feel OK Jaanu is emblematic of that and reflects modern, urban life in India more realistically?
Yes and more so in an entertaining manner. I think it is an important topic that we are touching upon.
Why should audiences go and see OK Jaanu on 13th January?
They should go and see it if they want to have a smile on their faces and be entertained with a relevant topic today.