Money & Careers

In ‘Badmaash Company'

THE CON ARTISTES Shahid and Anushka with co-stars. Photos: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: by arrangement

Fifteen years ago, Parmeet Sethi debuted as an actor in “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”. Now, he turns director with “Badmaash Company” . “It feels like a homecoming making my directorial debut for the same YashRaj Films,” says Parmeet.

In “Badmaash Company”, Shahid Kapur is the brain behind four con jobs that a group of friends takes up to make quick money. But, Parmeet says the con jobs are different from that of “Dhoom” and “Bunty Aur Babli”. “‘Dhoom' was fuelled by action while ‘Bunty Aur Babli' was about small-time con artistes. My film has white-collar con jobs that are believable and well-researched,” he says.

Parmeet recalls how he wrote the story and screenplay in six days. “It was almost like there was a divine hand helping me. I had previously written a film pegged on events that have a bearing on people. After two years of work, we put it on hold since it was not conducive to make the film then. One day, Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) asked me if I wanted to make a fun film, and ‘Badmaash Company' was born.”

Shahid Kapur was Parmeet's first choice. “Luckily, he liked the script and pushed back his dad's film to accommodate mine. It was the first compliment to my writing,” he says. Casting Anushka Sharma, who is on a three-film contract with Yash Raj, was Adi's idea. Parmeet was reluctant, given her salwar-kameez clad image from “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”. But, minutes after meeting her, Parmeet knew he had met his Bulbul.

Shot in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangkok, New York and Philadelphia, the film tracks the gang as it hoodwinks people and later tries to redeem itself. Parmeet dismisses talk of Adi being an interfering producer. “He liked my work and didn't re-shoot any scene,” he states. Parmeet took a break from acting for three years. “The few that I did were to keep the kitchen running,” he laughs. He recalls how he told his wife and actor Archana Puran Singh that he wouldn't be bringing in money for some time. “She told me to go live my dream,” he reminisces.

And, Parmeet wants to direct more movies. So, is it goodbye to acting? “There are no absolutes in life. I decided to leave television twice, only to return,” he shrugs.


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