A new structure has sprung up on Calicut beach – “Ustad Hotel”. 🙂 Its so much fun to see something literally pop out from the script pages and stand there in multidimensional reality! I had thought that one feels that kind of happiness only when one is a director but I was wrong. Am elated as a writer too!
I can see more experienced writers roll their eyes and say in low tones “wait till the film gets done, and see if you recognize your story in there!” Maybe that’s true but I believe the script should only be a springboard to find the kind of magic a film needs. And its the director who recognizes that magic.
Writing can be a lonely process. In this case after months of writing and discussion, one day Anwar asked me to look at one of his reference stills on flicker. When I did, I was shocked to find thousands of stills all of which were in some way related to the film I was writing. It felt so good to know that he had done so much homework – which meant he cared about this piece of work! What else can one ask for ? 🙂
Am not the writer-on-set type, so I have visited the shooting set just a couple of times. At both times I came away smiling because I loved what I saw… on paper the scenes were warm, funny, simple slices of life. And now to see good actors turning into those characters was even better. Anwar & his team are filling the frame with soul.
Often during our script discussions – Anwar would ask me with reference to a dialogue or scene “Anjali happy aano?” I hope everything works out well and the film turns out to be the charming fable we all hoped for.
But so far “Anjali happy aanu!” 🙂