Nikhil Advani's first full-fledged film as a director was Shah Rukh Khan, Priety Zinta and Saif Ali Khan starrer hit 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' in 2003. After that he went behind the camera for 'Salaam-e-Ishq', 'Chandni Chowk To China' and 'Patiala House'. He however hit the bull's eye with his animation film 'Delhi Safari', which won a National Award. His next is 'D- Day', a film on cross-border terrorism, in which a bunch of RAW agents is assigned to bring a terrorist back to India from Pakistan. 'D Day' is a multi starrer featuring Irrfan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Quereshi, Shruti Haasan and Rishi Kapoor. The film will be releasing on 19th July in theatres. Director Nikhil Advani joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his movie 'D-Day'.
Q. Was it a conscious decision to avoid any "star" power in the casting of this movie? Asked by: Siddharth
A. Yes! When I got the script I knew that it would be explosive and provocative... So it was important to get actors that would not be afraid to push the envelope or get worried about personal images etc.
Q. The promos were too good..hope the movie is also good...where did the idea of this story originate from? after a long hiatus? Asked by: Krishy259
A. The idea of this story originated on the 2nd of May, 2011 when Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbotabad, Pakistan. My driver asked me if America can get into Pakistan and get him back, why can't we get out Most Wanted Man back?.
Q. Huma Quereshi and Shruthi Hassan are adversaries or friends in the characters depicted by them in the movie? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. Shruti and Huma do not have any shot together in the film. They are unknown to each other in the film. Huma plays a RAW agent while Shruti Haasan plays a commercial sex worker.
Q. What are your expectation from the movie would it join 100 cr club Asked by: Shubham
A. I expect D-Day to touch every Indian's heart, to make every Indian think - Could an operation like this happen, has it ever happened, if it happens how will it happen. If it makes 100 cr on the box office after that, it is only a bonus.
Q. Is Rishi Kapoor playing Dawood Ibrahim in 'D-Day'? Asked by: fatima
A. Rishi Kapoor is playing a character whose look has been inspired by many gangsters all over the world. We have done extensive research on the Italian Mafia and famous gangsters in India. Rishi Kapoor's look is a culmination of many references.
Q. All the critics have praised the movie even given 4 star to it.But do you think releasing it along with 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya' would affect the business of bot the movies. Asked by: Sachin
A. They are very different films. They will both leave you feeling differently. Don't think either of the films business will be affected.
Q. Is the film based on Dawood Ibrahim's life? Asked by: Honey
A. No, it is not a film based on any particular persons life. It is a film about 4 unsung heroes who infiltrate Pakistan to bring back India's Most Wanted Man.
Q. What do you think is this Arjun's best performance till date? Asked by: Shubham
A. Arjun has delivered some brilliant performances, Rock on and Rajneeti to name a few. He is a very fine actor and his performance in D-Day has gone beyond my expectations.
Q. The movie will further add up to the trust deficit between us and Pakistan? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. 'D-Day' is not a film about Pakistan bashing. It is a patriotic film, a film about 4 unsung heroes. It is about these 4 RAW agents who are on a mission to bring the enemy of state back to India.
Q. Please make another with like 'Kal Ho Na Ho' with SRK :-) Asked by: kirti
A. I would love to.
Q. I think the music of the movie is good but it could have been much better and would have given additional publicity to the movie. What's your take on that? Asked by: Sachin
A. 'D-Day' is not a musical film. When you see the film you will realise that the songs only take the story forward. They do not stop the story from moving. I hope the songs catch on post the release of the film.
Q. After 'Kal Ho Na Ho', you seemed to loose your focus... how did this transition happen from love story to thriller? Asked by: kirti
A. I have wanted to direct a thriller before 'Kal Ho Na Ho' and after 'Kal Ho Na Ho'. Making a thriller was always on mind. When my new company was formed with my sister & my best friend, they supported my decision and made it happen. Directing a film like 'D-Day' was something I have wanted to do for a very long time.
Q. Do you think after watching this movie government official would get inspired and do something to bring back the most wanted man? Asked by: Honey
A. I hope so.
Q. What sort of audience you are targeting with 'D-Day'? Asked by: Honey
A. It targets each and every Indian who wants to be proud of their country.
Q. What made you choose Rishi Kappor for the role? Was it due to the wonderful depiction in 'Agneepath' (new)? Asked by: Anita
A. Rauf Lala in 'Agneepath' made me believe that Rishi Kapoor was my Goldman (his character in 'D-Day'). I had to convince him after a look test, which was done a couple of months before shooting started.
Q. How excited you are as 'D-Day' is releasing tomorrow?? Asked by: Shubham
A. I am ecstatic. I cannot wait to share my labour of love with all of you!
Q. Where do you think Dawood is present. Why can't India do a covert operation and finish him? Asked by: sree
A. Hopefully, it will happen soon.
Q. RAW agents heroics are not much told out. Did you get any specific true incidents of heroism which gets reflected in the film? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. No specific incidents. Just details of their behaviour, training & life style have been incorporated into the film.
Q. Did you get assistance from concerned ministries in GOI to depict the characters and story as much as possible, to nearness to real situations ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
A. We have received cooperation from the GOI in every way possible. Right from the Gujarat Police to the Censor Board. Every one has cooperated and helped this film be what it is.
Q. 5 National award winners in a single movie that itself sounds great.What can the audience expect and who has given the best performance? Asked by: Shubham
A. You tell me what you thought after you have seen the film!
Q. I never liked 'Ek Tha Tiger' and it made 200 crores and loved 'A Wednesday' and it didn't do much at Box office. Are you also scared that even if people talk how good a movie is still it doesn't earn much. Asked by: kirti
A. 'A Wednesday' did pretty well at the box office and is also a highly appreciated film. Box Office does matter but so does peoples appreciation.