At Thursday’s press conference for Busan opening night film “Zubaan” producer Shaan Vyas described the film as “mainstream Bollywood with songs, but without the cliches.” That sums up the philosophy of the team behind the film. Tyro director Mozez Singh tried for years to write a script that would please all, but decided in the end to tell his story his way.
It was the same for the lead actors. Lead actress Sarah Jane Dias has done her fair share of cliched Bollywood but has come into her own this year with Toronto selection “Angry Indian Goddesses” and “Zubaan.” Similarly, Raaghav Chanana, one of the male leads, has made his mark in recent times with “Zubaan” and indie festival favorite “M Cream.”
The other male lead Vicky Kaushal has had a dream feature debut year. Besides “Zubaan,” his “Masaan” (also in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema strand) bowed at Cannes where it won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Avenir Prize in Un Certain Regard.
The assembled world press at the “Zubaan” press conference certainly appreciated the film’s non-dramatic spin on Bollywood and this turned into full blown applause when Dias sang a number from the film.