Abbas Tyrewala may be starting his directorial career with Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na but the young man is the ink behind many Bollywood blockbusters.
Abbas has written the scripts of films like Munnabhai MBBS, Maqbool and Main Hoon Na, before he shifted to direction.
Abbas tells Patcy N how he directed Aamir Khan's nephew, Imran, and Genelia D'Souza in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.
How far is Jaane Tu inspired from your life?
To a great extent. It is probably my most autobiographical film ever. All the characters are inspired from my friends. Some of the relationships are actually like the relationships I've had.
The main love story is fantasy -- that didn't actually happen. That's how I dreamt about love. Somebody like Aditi had not crossed my life when I wrote the script.
Has Aditi crossed your life now?
Oh yes! I met her in the process of making this film, and we've been married for two years now. That's Pakhi, my wife.
Since when have you been toying with the idea of Jaane Tu?
After Maqbool, Munnabhai MMBS and Main Hoon Na released, I wrote the script for this film. At that time, I was at my writing best.
When I wrote it, I had not planned on directing the film. I had planned to sell it to a producer. But people started telling me that I should not write a typical Bollywood film. So I thought I should write a film with songs, dance, music, friendship, love, heartbreak and the climax at the airport.
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