Any film-lover would connect Pratim D Gupta’s new film Love Aaj Kal Porshu with the 2009 Imtiaz Ali film Love Aaj Kal, as far as the titles are concerned. However, not many are aware that the two directors know each other quite well. Before turning to full-time film-making, Pratim was an entertainment journalist and has spent time with Imtiaz, among other Bollywood stars, in many parts of the world. When asked about the ‘Imtiaz vibe’ in the title of his new film, Pratim D Gupta says, “I love Imtiaz’s films. I’m lucky enough to know the man personally. His love stories come from a very pure place. And I believe so does Love Aaj Kal Porshu.” He adds, ���I recently met Imtiaz in Guwahati and he was happy to learn that my new film is so titled.”
Pratim is tight-lipped about the story of Love Aaj Kal Porshu. The young director says, “It’s very difficult to talk about the film without giving the story away. Let me just quote from a song I love… “Woh jo adhoori si yaad baaki hai”. My film is about the remains of a love story. We become different people with time but something stays inside us from our past relationships. My film celebrates this natural instinct of love and how it can bloom in many forms.”
According to media reports, Jisshu Sengupta and Mimi Chakraborty were initially supposed to play the leads in Love Aaj Kal Porshu. Things did not work out and Arjun Chakraborty and Madhumita Sarkar took their place. But Pratim sets the record straight. He explains, “Please don’t go by what has come out in the media. I always wanted Love Aaj Kal Porshu to be a young love story, a story that can look, feel and sound real and honest in 2020.” He adds, “Arjun and Madhumita are the best things to have happened to this film. As a director, the responsibility multiplies manifold when you are working with new and young actors. And I really enjoyed this responsibility. Both of them are keen to shine. It is not just another film for them. They have given their all. Climbing mountains, swimming rivers, whatever it took.”
Here’s wishing Team Love Aaj Kal Porshu all the best!
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