'Tuesdays & Fridays' director feared Bhansali would reject producing film
‘Tuesdays & Fridays’ Director Shares How Sanjay Leela Bhansali Is The Reason He Is A Filmmaker ( Photo Credit – Wikipedia / Sanjay Leela Bhansali ; IANS / Taranveer Singh )

Filmmaker Taranveer Singh’s debut directorial, Tuesdays & Fridays, is produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The greenhorn filmmaker reveals that he didn’t approach Bhansali with his film for the longest time for the fear of being rejected.

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The filmmaker reveals that he carried a DVD of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 1996 release, Khamoshi: The Musical, and got it signed by the ace filmmaker when he agreed to produce Tuesdays & Fridays.

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“The kind of films SLB is known for now are a far cry from my kind of films, so I didn’t tell him about my film for a very long time. I kept thinking he would reject my script and not want to make ‘Tuesdays & Fridays’ because it is so not his sensibility,” recalls Singh.

“But he gave his nod the day he heard the narration. That’s when I took out my DVD of ‘Khamoshi’ from my bag and asked him to autograph it. I’d carry it in my bag every time I visited his office but never had the courage to ask him to sign it until that moment,” Taranveer says.

Singh is nostalgic about watching Khamoshi: The Musical, which he says prompted his desire to make films.

“‘Khamoshi: The Musical’ was the film that made me want to be a filmmaker. A moment in the song ‘Yeh dil sun raha hai’ has Manisha Koirala raising her hand while singing in a studio and starts gesturing in sign language so her deaf and mute parents can ‘hear’ what she is singing. That moment gave me goosebumps the first time I saw the film at a dingy single screen in Gwalior as an 11-year-old. It still does!” he recalls.

The debutant director concludes, saying: “That moment made me realise the power of film as a medium. It is interesting that my first film is produced by the man whose first film made me want to be a filmmaker.”

Tuesdays & Fridays stars Poonam Dhillon’s son Anmol Thakeria Dhillon with Jhatalekha Malhotra in lead roles.

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