Making Sarbjit Was a Heart Wrenching Experience: Omung Kumar
It has been a few days since Sarbjit’s theatrical release and while the box-office collections are not flattering, the feedback to ensemble performances in the film has been overwhelming. Director Omung Kumar appears far from worried. Clad in a milk white shirt to beat the heat, Omung recaps his journey of discovering Dalbir Kaur over coffee and biscuits.
My office contacted Dalbir Kaur. She arrived in Mumbai and we talked and talked…It was not easy for her to relive those memories. She was upset and watching her cry, we got upset too. Sometimes to cheer her we would all go for a film and dinner, but the next day, we went back to Sarabjit’s story and inadvertently to crying again.
As for Richa, I saw her on the poster of Masaan and was drawn to her eyes. For Sarabjit’s wife I wanted an actor who emoted with her eyes and Richa is fabulous.
(Bhawana Somaaya has been writing on cinema for 30 years and is the author of 12 books. Twitter: @bhawanasomaaya)
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