The cast and crew of Love Is Not Mathematics directed by Nila Madhab Panda had a great time shooting in the snow clad mountains in Manali. t2 caught up with the director in a freewheeling chat.
The film has an unusual name. Who came up with the title?
Love Is Not Mathematics is the very essence of my film. So, it is a title that came quite naturally to me. It is, in a nutshell, what I am trying to say through my story and my characters. It implies that when we are in love, we don’t look for reasons. The search for a reason to love is the end of the love itself.
The film is being called your first commercial outing after I am Kalam and Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid. Will it not deal with any social issue?
All my films touch on social issues in one way or the other, and so will this one. There are some core concerns that are very close to my heart, which inspire my filmmaking and you will see them in everything I do. Commercial or otherwise, however, is a debatable matter. Both my previous films have done well at the box office as well as the international market, apart from being critically acclaimed. Would you not call that commercial? I have a 50 crore feature film planned, which is to go on the floors before the end of this year, but it has a very ‘offbeat’, ‘artsy’ treatment. Will that not be a commercial venture then?
What is the film, Love Is Not Mathematics about then? This film is a quintessential urban youth drama surrounding three young men who set out on a road trip, through the course of which they are faced with the major questions on life and love, which they deal with, albeit in a light-hearted manner.
How is the shooting going? We have heard that the story revolves around Delhi. What all places of Delhi and outside will the film be shot at?
The shooting has been a rollercoaster ride till now. From the packed schedule in Delhi, we set off on the road trip from Delhi to Himachal, shooting on the highway and some surrounding locations. As soon as we reached Manali, we were hit by snowfall that stalled our shoot for three-four days in between.
But the experience has been amazing. The snow-laden white hills and surroundings have given us some brilliant locations, and even shooting in minus seven degrees temperature through the night hasn’t been able to discourage the energy of the cast and crew alike.
What made you choose Sahil Anand (Student of the Year fame) as the lead?
Sahil fits the bill perfectly for the character. I was looking for a young, fresh face, a Delhi boy from a posh upbringing but with a good soul. He is a great performer and has a very refreshing personality that I feel represents the youth of today, someone they could relate to and feel for.
What kind of role would Anu Choudhary and Parvin Dabbas be playing? Who else is there in the cast except the three?
Anu and Parvin reflect the ultimate love story in the film. They play two very special characters and share what is my idea of perfect love.
Erica Fernandes is in the lead and she has had a fruitful stint in the modelling world, and has also completed several films down south. Sumit Suri, another talented actor, has five films releasing this year. Amol Parashar is a popular name in the theatre circuit and also a frequent face in advertisements and Preet Kamal Bhatia is a fresh talent.
Who else from Odisha is part of the film?
Incidentally, more than half of my crew is originally from Odisha.
It is always a pleasure to work with people who are close to my roots. Anu is one of the important characters of the film while Odisha boy Birenjyoti Mohanty, who was the editor for films such as Luck and Jodi Breakers, is the editor of Love Is Not Mathematics.
When is the film expected to hit the theatres?
Around August-September this year.