Was not sure about Yami Gautam for ‘Sanam Re’: Director

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) “Sanam Re” director Divya Khosla Kumar said that she had her doubts regarding casting actress Yami Gautam, but got convinced after workshops and after Yami lost weight.

“I wasn’t very sure about Yami. It took me 5-6 months to get convinced that I should take Yami. Her face is seen regularly in her ad campaign, so I was wondering how would the freshness come about and how I could show Yami in a different manner.

“I did workshops, look tests for 5-6 months, and she also lost a lot of weight. That’s when I got convinced that Yami would fit the role well,” said Kumar in an interview.

She also said that she cast lead actor Pulkit Samrat as she saw a certain sadness in his eyes.

The chemistry between Pulkit and Yami is being appreciated and has even sparked link up rumours. But the director takes credit for their chemistry.

“There are numerous factors behind the chemistry, like the manner in which I decorate the frames like a painting, which makes a contribution as well as the atmosphere and treatment of the scenes. Since it was a love story, the scenes were written accordingly, the stories in the iconic love stories is what makes the pairs iconic,” she said.

Kumar’s directorial debut “Yaariyan” was directed at teenagers and showed campus romances but also had an intense romance towards the end of the film. Releasing on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, she targets the film for lovers.

“Since a long time I have seen that numerous rom-coms are coming, but pure love stories come very rarely. Like I thought ‘Aashiqui 2’ was very pure and innocent. So I would wish to relate to it, since ‘Sanam Re’ is also a pure, classic love story, which answers numerous questions about love. And you’ll learn to remain happy,” she said.

“We keep running at such a high speed that we feel we’ll get happy only if we reach a particular level in career. There are numerous deep aspects, fun elements in the film made on a commercial basis with drama, comedy, love, good music, good locations, that is what makes the film different,” she said.

Kumar also features in an item number in the film.

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