Jagat Singh Solanki’s ambitious and inspiring five-year journey to make his first film as a writer and director is almost over. The artist who has walked different paths of life as he explored the world of cricket, the gym, the TV presenter, the actress and now the cinema says, “Kuch karna hai toh bada hi karna hai, aisa karna hai jo bahut kam log kar paate hai (If I do something, it must be something big, something very few people can do). “
After moving to Mumbai 18-19 years ago, a city he did not know anyone, Jagat Singh is now ready to present his first film. Titled Krispy Rishtey, the original idea was to make a 30 minute film. However, as the script progressed, it was transformed into a full-length feature film with 17 songs sung by some of India’s best singers, including Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan, Papon, KK, Jubin Nautiyal among others. “I started working on it when I did Jai Gangaajal with Prakash Jha. The first years of 2016-17 started in writing, arranging and finalizing everything, such as who would go up as a producer, where we will return and on what scale we can make the film. As the script progressed, I felt it required to be a music film because the script was very emotional and needed a lot of weight and faces to convey the intermediate message and other factors. “So for me, as a newcomer, it was very difficult to get actors involved and take the film to that level,” Jagat said in an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama.
Jagat spent 2-3 years in the pre-production of the film to record all 17 songs and add them seamlessly to the narrative. He also set up his own production company with a friend and more friends who came as co-producers. Filming began in 2019 and was completed shortly before the national lockdown in 2020 and a few days before the team received the censorship copy of the film and is now looking to present the film to potential buyers.
“It was a short film with a budget of 5-10 rupees so far almost 6 crores. It was extremely hard. I have given my five years to the film. Like my other colleagues, after Lipstick Under My Burkha, I could have redeemed this little piece of whatever exposure I had because of this movie. I also received offers for online series and some movies and shows, but I was already committed to it. “So I let it go and I had to stand my ground,” Jagat said of his post-term trip to the critically acclaimed film. Lipstick Under My Burkha.
As a director for the first time, Jagat encountered several difficulties during the making of his film. However, he did not let anything pull him down, even deniers who had no faith in the one who made the film. “I do not want to mention anyone, but no one thought I could make a movie. Even when I was casting the actors, they did not really care, they did not think that this thing could be done and there is no background, there is no relationship It’s like making a movie but only 1-2% of the movies are completed; the release is a distant dream So no one believed it. Even hiring technical staff was a challenge. “It was very difficult to find the right people. We made all the possible mistakes that can be made in any project and we had consequences and we learned from them. So it was a very difficult, long journey.” he said.
“I could have made this film in two years, if it was our second or third film or I would have a mentor or a guide sitting with us. But it does not matter, we learned everything by doing it ourselves. For after the production, I did not have an assistant and we did not even have a budget to hire more people. From driving to the studios to meeting people, I did everything myself. People thought I was an office boy. But later, when they saw my participation in the play, they realized that I was the director. When they saw my face it was like being an actor. I am very happy that I was able to go through the whole process from the beginning and I could learn so many things. “Now, I think in my second film, all this will help me,” Jagat concluded.
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