Abhay Deol’s first film in almost two years is a horror-comedy titled ‘Nanu Ki Jaanu’. The film is helmed by Faraz Haider, who earlier directed ‘War Chhod Na Yaar’.
Indian actress Patralekha Paul who made a stellar debut with Hansal Mehta’s ‘Citylights’, plays the lead opposite Abhay. In the film, Patralekha is playing the role of a sweet ghost. ‘Nanu ki Jaanu’ is written by Manu Rishi, who shares a great camaraderie with Abhay on and off screen. Manu Rishi had previously worked with Abhay in ‘Ek Chalis Ki Last Local’ and the Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’. He has also acted in films like’ Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, ‘Ankhon Dekhi’, ‘Phaas Gaya Re Obama’ and ‘Aisha’ to name a few.
During the press conference, Faraz Haider states, “Because it is a horror-comedy, there’s a horror element but it’s not to scare you. You will get the chills but then, you will also burst out laughing. That’s the treatment and genre of this film. People from the North-India will connect more to this film because it is shot in Delhi and the characters are very Delhi centric. We (including Manu and Abhay) have a very old connection with Delhi, as we shot ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ here in Delhi itself and it was such a pleasant memory for each one of us. When I saw the script, the first name that popped into my mind was that of Abhay to play the lead. The concept is supernatural, but the treatment is very realistic.”
When asked about the hit number with Sapna Choudhury, and whether it was an item number or a debut of the popular dancer, the director immediately cleared the air about the dance number as an integral part of the film. It helps to carry the film forward and also establish Abhay’s character in the movie.
“Sapna Choudhary is very popular in this belt, and the song actually establishes Abhay’s character, the song plays a very important part in the film. And I have presented Sapna Chaudhury as Sapna Choudhary herself. She is not in my film as an item girl.”
Watch the Press Conference of ‘Nanu Ki Jaanu: