One of the most difficult parts of designing sets for KANK, she says, was shooting at different locations every day.
"We had to set up at new places every day. And New York, where the film was shot, is not like Mumbai. There aren't suppliers at your beck and call. Everything stops on Friday afternoon. If any department has forgotten to get something, you are really ruined during the weekend because the shoot won't stop. And Karan won't take no for an answer."
"If he's ready to shoot, you better be ready with everything! Besides, it's more difficult to shoot outdoors, than on a set. Outdoors, you don't know what the weather will be like, or the crowds."
Sharmishtha always welcomes suggestions from the cast. "It is a compliment to the set if the artiste reacts to it. It means that it is in tune with the character he's playing. Sometimes, actors contribute to the set. For example, Preity (Zinta) bought a prop for her desk in KANK."
Currently, Sharmishtha is busy with Siddharth (Salaam Namaste) Anand's new film starring Saif Ali Khan. Her other film, Mira Nair's Namesake with Tabu, is complete.
Image: Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in a scene from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. In a television interview, Karan Johar pointed out how Kal Ho Na Ho was also shot in New York like KANK is. 'Nikhil wanted New York to be an important character in Kal Ho Na Ho,' he said, 'In KANK, the city is just a backdrop.'
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