Sagar Bellary: "Bheja Fry 2", Idiot's Journey Continues Abroad

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Sagar Bellary:

In 2007, fresh-out-of-film-school director Sagar Bellary had made audiences laugh their hearts out with the satire ‘Bheja Fry’. After four years, he is set to hit the same chord with a sequel and says this time the ‘idiot’ will continue his journey abroad.

‘In ‘Bheja Fry 2′, the idiot’s journey continues abroad. It has a much bigger star cast and much higher budget,’ Sagar told IANS in an interview.

‘Bheja Fry’ shows how Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor), a bored, arrogant music company executive, has fun at the cost of some simple people. But his meeting with an idiot, Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak), doesn’t go the way he wanted it because of his bad back. The result is utter chaos let loose by the idiot, who cannot do a single thing without messing it up.

After the unprecedented success of ‘Bheja Fry’, why did he take four years to decide on the second part?

‘In 2007, ‘Bheja Fry’ became a very big hit and after that many producers approached me. My decision of choosing a producer was not based on money but on creative freedom. Sahara Motion Pictures was giving me the most creative freedom and I started making ‘Kachcha Limboo’,’ said Sagar.

Asked if it’s a mainstream commercial film, he said: ‘For me, any kind of film you make is a commercial film because ultimately it’s going to the commercial arena. But, yes, it’s not the run-of-the-mill kind of commercial cinema. It’s a different kind of commercial film.

‘Thankfully, these different kinds of cinemas succeeded last year. I think after ‘Bheja Fry’ and ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, big and small films are coexisting and basically it’s helping the industry in building an audience base.’

Before he starts the second instalment of ‘Bheja Fry’, the director is looking forward to the release of his second film, ‘Kachcha Limboo’, about the transitional feelings of children when they enter adolescence.

‘ ‘Kachcha Limboo’ is about a 13-year-old and his relationship with his parents, school friends and teachers and how everything goes wrong at one point of time. When a kid enters adolescence, hundreds of feelings start creeping into his head,’ said Sagar.

Though actor Atul Kulkarni and Sarika play lead roles in ‘Kachcha Limboo’, he roped in Vinay Pathak for a special appearance.

‘Vinay is there. After ‘Bheja Fry’ I couldn’t do without him. He has a small special appearance in ‘Kachcha Limboo’.’

Releasing Feb 18, ‘Kachcha Limboo’ was written before ‘Bheja Fry’, but Sagar was unable to get a producer for a children’s film.

‘I wrote ‘Kachcha Limboo’ when I was in film school in Kolkata. But you don’t get producers when you come out from film school, so then I thought let’s do a comedy first. I had two ideas. Both ‘Kachcha Limboo’ and ‘Bheja Fry’ were ready with me and I went for ‘Bheja Fry’,’ said the alumnus of the Satyajit Ray Film Institute in Kolkata.

The director would continue making comedies.

‘I enjoy making people laugh. I will continue making comedy films. I will make other kinds of films too,’ said Sagar.

After ‘Kachcha Limboo’, he has another romantic comedy ‘Hum Tum Aur Shabana’ starring Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor and Minissha Lamba, releasing this year.

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