The World Premiere of Humaramovie’s provocative and anti-romantic Jaoon Kahan Bata Ae Dil at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star directed by Aadish Keluskar met with a thunderous response by the packed house of audience who stayed back for Q and A.
The World Premiere was attended by Imtiaz Ali, Sudhir Mishra, Irshad Kamil, Vivek Mushran apart from the lead actors – Rohit Kokate, Khushboo Upadhyay (The Affair) and Himanshu Kohli, director Aadish Keluskar, producers and founders of Humaramovie – Preety Ali, Vinay Mishra, Pallavi Rohatgi and cinematographer Ameya Chavan and Vinay Shinde who is the executive producer and editor of the film.
The film is competing in the prestigious India Gold category and has also been shortlisted for the Oxfam Award for Best Film On Gender Equality at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.
Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil is the story of a real romance, with real people, where the reality of today’s environment intrudes into the heady concoction of love, sex and aspirations towards a diabolical climax. The journey jolts you but you are compelled to stick around for the ride.
Director Aadish Keluskar’s debut feature film Kaul – A Calling was also an Official Selection at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and had also won the Young Critics Award.
Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil marks Aadish Keluskar and Humaramovie’s fourth collaboration. Previously they had collaborated for three acclaimed short films – I Love You Too, An Encounter and Zero By Zero which was showcased in the Indian Section of 2013 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
The World Premiere of Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil was followed by a Q&A session with the cast and crew of the film, which was moderated by actor Raghav Chanana
During the Q&A, audience members were curious to know the idea behind presenting the lead actress Khushboo Upadhyay’s character as someone who is dark skinned and not conventionally good looking. They were also keen to know whether this made her conscious as a performer.
“As an actor, I am not conscious at all. I never think about whether I am looking good or not. I just concentrate on whether I will be able to portray the character or not. If the character is reflected through my performance, then my job is done.” – said Khushboo Updhayay.
“As a society, we still have so many preconceived notions of beauty, which creates a complex among those whom may not be considered good looking as per these norms. This begins while people are in school and gradually develops into something very negative.” – said Aadish Keluskar.
Talking about the sexual violence depicted in the film, Aadish said, “The sexual violence shown in the film was deliberate. In real life, there are lot of instances of cases of domestic violence in which the victims take their case back fearing the repercussions and an attachment they have with their perpetrator who uses it to their advantage. If you look around, you will see a lot of people who are in such toxic relationships and I felt that had to be addressed somewhere in the film.”
During the Q & A, producer Vinay Mishra was asked about why they chose to produce the film to which he said, “Only 9 people have made the film. If you have the conviction to make your film and you know that you can make it despite several constraints, then there are people who would be willing to take that chance with you. One could have had disagreements with Aadish but he had complete clarity about what he wanted to do.”
Director Aadish Keluskar who was delighted with the response received by Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil at its World Premiere said, “There are a lot of thoughts in your head which keep taking the form of a screenplay and after that you keep taking them to the filmmaking process through shooting, editing before finally showing it to audiences. If audiences are actively engaging with the film then it’s a good feeling. If you have conveyed even 50% of what you felt and you know that it is going to live amongst the viewers, then you truly feel that your job is done.”
Khushboo Upadhyay, the lead actress of the film said, “It was a challenging role but there was also a lot of fun in doing it. The challenge was to make audiences connect with my character emotionally without making her come across as someone who is unattractive or unappealing.”
Rohit Kokate, the lead actor of the film said, “I loved the character, the way he talks and functions. The film is mostly about 2 characters – that of me and Khushboo. The manner in which the film plays around with our characters is what intrigued me and made me say yes to the film.”
Talking about the feedback received by the film at its World Premiere, Vinay Mishra founder of Humaramovie and producer of Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil said, “This was the first ever screening of Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil and the response it received was nothing short of amazing. I know that people were shocked, they were offended, they were repulsed. But, they were also mesmerized, they were awed and they made a connection with the film! They felt it was real- and they knew these people on screen. Overall, I was happy to see that they sat up and took note of the film in such a great way”
Director Sudhir Mishra while talking about the film says, “This is a very brave film which pushes boundaries, really liked it”
Actor Vivek Mushran gave thumps up to the film saying, “It’s a very good film, Independent cinema at its best”