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A ‘Kahaani' worth following

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tête-à-tête Suresh Nair, who co-produced “Kahaani” and wrote the scripts of “Namastey London” and “Singh is Kinng”, talks about his association with films

Suresh Nair
Suresh Nair

Afavour for a friend — ‘writing dialogues', led him to Bollywood. The film was “Jhankaar Beats” and the friend was Sujoy Ghosh, the man who helmed “Kahaani”. Today, Suresh Nair is ecstatic about the success of “Kahaani”, which he co-produced and co-wrote (he is part of Boundscript Productions, which produced the film). Although he has been part of many box-office hits, these aspects makes this film that much more special.

When Suresh starts talking, it's a free flow of thought and opinions. So, it's no surprise he wrote for breezy films such as “Namastey London” or “Singh is Kinng”. However, he adds that most of his writing (for films) do not represent his sensibilities.

Suresh's work is interesting in that he helps directors develop the stories/concepts they want to tell. He says how with an example. “The director of Namastey London (Vipul Shah) had an idea about how a girl brought up in the United Kingdom (U.K.) is cornered into marriage in India by her concerned parents. And how she turns the tables on him once she is back in the U.K. I, then, figure out the storyline and the situations. There is always constant interaction with the director on what works and what doesn't, he has to be satisfied.” Suresh wants to, on a later date, write a script he wants, which is his vision. “Not now. Sometime.”

And the critic? Does he read criticism? “Yes. I read everything that is written about a film of mine. If you read a couple of critics then you know the general trend.” He expects a critic to offer constructive insights into a film rather than dispensing ‘gyaan' on how a film should or should not have been made.

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