I rediscovered Mumbai with Lafangey Parindey: Sarkar
MUMBAI : He has been living in Mumbai for several years, but director Pradeep Sarkar says that he came to know the real beauty of Mumbai when he started working on Lafangey Parindey, a film set in the gritty streets of Mumbai.
Since the story is set in a wadi ( a middle-class housing society) he and his production team went across Mumbai, hunting for the right wadi, before settling for one in Chembur.
In the process Sarkar realised that he was so distanced from their life, dreams and aspiration and discovered that the relationships there are so different. “The residents of wadis know a lot about their neighbours and feel for their success and failures. They also have this winning streak in them. It is this streak that my lead actors Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone, will reflect,” says Sarkar.
Neil plays a boxer, One Shot Nandu, who fights blindfolded and Deepika, Pinky Palkar, who is blind but has an ambition to win a dance competition. Shooting with the actors playing such characters was not easy. A lot can be attributed to action director Sham Kaushal for getting Neil to fight blindfolded.
“He and his assistants would guide him when he was blindfolded. At first he would falter but soon he got the sense of the whole setup. On the other hand, Deepika did not prepare herself for the part by observing or interacting with blind people. It was the approach of focusing her mind on something and looking ahead with a blank expression, something we do so often in real life. The moment she understood that she started giving perfect expressions,” says the director.
As for the actors performing dangerous stunts in the film, the director reveals. “Riding bikes on open roads in the night is just a way of life for boys living in wadis, and Neil was doing just that. There are no stunts that he has performed. Deepika too is shown doing gritty stuff like people living in these localities do,” informs Sarkar.
Some parts were shot on a set constructed at Chandivili Studios, and others around Mumbai.