Ashwini Dheer, the director of the very popular comedy series on
Television, 'Office Office' is all set to cast a magic spell on the big
screen too. As expectations double up for the director's debut vehicle
in Bollywood, 'One Two Three', we caught up with Ashwini for a
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Q.: How do you feel after moving from television to movies?
Naturally I am feeling better. I am really feeling relieved and
better after traveling from television to film. Directing movies has
always been in my mind, and I am glad that I have fulfilled my dream.
Q.: So does it mean that directing films is much easier than directing television shows?
Nothing is easy in life! I would like to say that it was a better
experience for me. At the same time there is hell and heaven difference
between these two fields. Television is given a bigger scope and
duration to expand the story line, whereas here, that liberty is not
there. On the other hand, we have just half an hour to describe a story
in television but in case of films we can deal with the same story in
two and half an hours. And we can deal with a better range of audience
also with movies. Again, there are restrictions in subjects dealt on
television. Channel is always a big problem standing between audience
and creative people working for television. We always have to choose
subjects in accordance with their wishes. But in films, you have to
convince only the producer. And it's the audience only who decide
whether to watch the film or not.
Q.: How was the experience of working with veteran actors like Suneil Shetty and Paresh Rawal?
(Smiling) I never faced any problem with them. But they had
problems for sure. They must have had a pity on me thinking that the
poor director is controlling so many things. But they were all
supportive and having witnessed my work in my television shows, they
had the faith in me and my story. They were so dedicated that I never
could realize that I had a television background.
Q.: How did you handle four actresses on a set?
No one disturbed me ever. They all were very sweet to me. And to be
very frank, my experience working with them was really good. All of
them are professionals and at the same time very talented, too. I think
it's always not talent that people see on screen. Talent has some other
dimension for me. Any particular thing may have different meanings for
different people. Most of the time I have witnessed actresses dancing
and singing in films, wherein my heroines have proved that basic
concept a wrong one. For the first time they were acting in comic
roles. And I found all of them always open to learn. They tried their
copy me without any hesitation before facing the camera.
Q.: We came to know that once Sameera stepped on Tanisha's foot and Tanisha created chaos on the set because of that.
(Smiling) I don't have any detailed information about that
incident. As far as stepping on one's foot is concerned, Sameera had
her foot to step onto
the foot of Tanisha. How dare I can step my foot
between those two feet? I think an atmosphere of competition grows
where you have four actresses on a single set. If someone is acting,
better then the other actress also wishes to work much better. And I
get my job out of that very easily. The best part is that I can avail
so many things without going into direct deals with them. It helps me
to save my energy.
Q.: Both you and Pankaj Kapoor are very much attached to the television
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He (Pankaj Kapoor
) is a really good actor and he doesn't need me to
certify him. But there was no suitable character for him in this film.
So I had no chance to miss him. I will meet him and request him
personally if I find him required for any of my future stories. He is
one of the best actors in India and I would like to look for
opportunities to work with him again and again.
Q.: You are mostly known for comedies. Would you like to make only comedies in future?
I will always have the touch of comedy in whatever I do in future.
If I make something based on even relationships, I will keep few funny
elements in that, too. I think comedy can make you understand things
better. But that doesn't mean I will always make comedies. Just for
example "Office Office" is not a comedy. I told my audience about
serious subjects through comedy in that show. Still it's tough to talk
about anything right now. I may look for few comedies and at the same
time few emotional dramas, too. Being a story teller, I will always
like to say stories only.
Q.: Upen Patel blamed you of ignoring him during the launch of music.
Tell me the meaning of ignoring someone. Does he say that I didn't
allow him to say anything? I asked him to sing a song which he refused.
If you were at the spot during the launch of the music, you should have
understood what exactly happened.
Q.: We witnessed a lot. But how did you look into the matter?
If Upen still has any such thing in his mind, then better you ask
him on the matter. What else can I say? I am feeling sad for what he
thought or said. I am not even thinking about the matter. Maybe he is
having some profit spreading the rumor.
Q.: Who did you personally like as an actor in your film 'One Two Three'?
(Smiling) I liked most the lady who acted the role of Tushar's mother. See, I am very diplomatic. Isn't it?
Q.: What are your future projects?
I am going to direct one film of Kumar M
angat. Suneil Shetty's
Popcorn Entertainment has also offered me a film. Though Kumar M
film is wholly a comic flick, Suneil Shetty's movie is not that out and
out comedy. It's little different. But I cannot tell you anything else
about these films. And for the time being, my total concentration is on
my film 'One Two Three'. Once the film is released I can think about
my other films, too.