It is not very surprising to see Shekhar Suman marching very enthusiastically for his first directorial debut, ‘Heartless‘. After a successful career in television and the not-so-successful venture as a singer, Shekhar Suman is all pumped up for his film Heartless, scheduled to release on February 7. "It is challenging as well as exciting, because whenever you take up a new work or a job, it comes with its own share of anxiety and pain," says Shekhar Suman, who looked chic in a bright blue shirt and camel-colored trousers. Just a look at his work in the last 30 years: Dekh Bhai Dekh, Movers n Shakers, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, as a dance contestant in Jhalak Dikhla Ja and also a music album ‘Kuch Khwaab Aise.’ He is a complete entertainer- Period. With a vibrant career, Shekhar Suman is always ready to take on any challenge. "Making a film isn’t something that is extraordinary, it is a natural progression from being an actor," says a calm Shekhar Suman.
Shekhar Suman on Heartless and the 100-crore business of Bollywood
"It is a romantic-medical thriller," says an elated Shekhar Suman. He also adds, "I like playing with the genres. The movie will be very different from the usual Bollywood movies”.
We come from a land where the public goes gaga over item numbers, gravity-defying stunts and macho heroes. Romantic-medical thriller seem little hatke, don’t you think so? Last year Suhail Tatari’s film Ankur Arora Murder Case, which is also a medical thriller, received positive remarks from the critics. However, it wasn’t a major success commercially.
Speaking about commercial success, Shekhar Suman feels that "People who check numbers for the success of a film are complete morons." Shekhar Suman who plays a doctor in the movie adds, "Nowadays, most movies become hits because of immense promotions, and frankly I don’t believe in any such things."
Shekhar Suman’s son, Adhyayan Suman, on ‘Dad’
"My inspiration begins at home. If I wouldn’t have been inspired by my father, I would be stupid, " said the suave Adhyayan Suman. Adhyayan started his career with Haal-e-Dil (2008) for which he also got the nomination for Filmfare award for Best Male Actor – Debut. But his first major breakthrough was Mohit Suri‘s Raaz- The mystery continues, opposite Kangana Ranaut.
"A son can never be like his father, but I will try hard to be like him," stated Adhyayan. So, what does Daddy dearest has to say about him? "There is a deep understanding between us. During the shoot it was made very clear that there would be no preferential treatment given," said Shekhar Suman. He also added, "I was strict, and there are instances when I shouted at him."
The father-son duo definitely seem to be in total sync.
Newbie Ariana Ayam
Recently Bollywood has seen a lot of new faces from exotic (read: foreign) lands. Heartless, which marks the debut for Ariana Ayam is all smiles and chirpy during the interview. In fact, she also narrated a dialogue from the movie, much to the media’s amusement. "It was an amazing experience and I am grateful to both Shekhar Ji and Adhyayan for giving me this opportunity," said Ariana.
Both Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman are full of praise for Ariana. "She really worked hard for the role, she even learnt Hindi, " said Shekhar Suman. He also added, "I wanted an actress who is less fussy about things. I can’t afford to handle tantrums of any actresses. Ariana did a good job and it shows."
Ariana Ayam definitely seemed confident and happy about her role in Heartless. She won the heart of Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan but will she be successful in winning the hearts of the Bollywood fans? Only time will tell. But we sure are expecting a lot from her.
The music of ‘Heartless‘
An ecstatic Shekhar Suman hummed a few lines of the song ‘Soniye‘ from the movie. He is pretty excited about the music of the film. "Songs from the film span various genres – from Sufiyana to a peppy number, Mashooqana, there is everything," said Shekhar Suman.
Why watch this film?
"The movie deals with a very emotional subject–relationships," said Shekhar Suman. He also said that it is something that everyone can relate to. "The characters are strong and independent, not like the usual cliched Bollywood romantic movies," added Shekhar Suman. When asked about if his movie is inspired from the Hollywood movie ‘Awake‘, Shekhar Suman stated, "Yes, certain elements of the movie are inspired from a Hollywood film". He also adds, "It is completely official and has been settled legally, financially and amicably."
Heartless, a romantic-medical thriller. Yes, we are excited about the movie. After witnessing Shekhar Suman in so many avatars, as his fan, we are definitely looking forward to his directorial debut. Adhyayan Suman who went through a…umm…let’s say ‘sabbatical’ post Raaz 2, is all geared up for this critical role in Heartless.
Will Heartless win the hearts of the public? Guess we’ll have to wait & watch!