Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan help director of ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’

Saket Chowdhary wanted Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan to come across as convincing parents for this marital-familial comedy.

Mumbai | Published: January 29, 2014 1:32:03 pm
Farhan and Vidya's experience of handling kids turned out to be quite useful for the film. Farhan and Vidya’s experience of handling kids turned out to be quite useful for the film.

It was all about romance, heartbreaks and reunions in ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’. However when it came to the film’s sequel, filmmaker Saket Chowdhary had a job in hand. Not only did he require child actors on the sets; he also wanted Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan to come across as convincing parents for this marital-familial comedy. To his relief though, his lead couple’s experience of handling kids turned out to be quite useful.

Says Saket, “Farhan is a father himself so it wasn’t much of an issue. He has seen his kids grow up in front of his eyes and I know for sure that he is a very caring father. His character in the film may be a tad irritated with the presence of a kid but in real life, he has raised his kids very effectively. He knows the drill.”

As for Vidya, even though she is not a mother yet, the maternal skills were well in place, courtesy her sister’s kids.

He continues, “Vidya’s sister has twins and she has seen it all when it comes to raising them. In a way, she has encountered it up, close and personal on how it is like to be a parent. She gave me a couple of ideas of what it means to a woman to have a child and family. Both she and Farhan shared anecdotes on how rest of the life goes on a backburner with a kid around. You can’t really have your own plans as it all boils down to how a kid feels and wants to be pampered on a particular day, or for that matter even an hour.”

Though Saket himself isn’t married yet, presence of married friends in his life added to incorporating many real life anecdotes and situations into the film.

“Yes, these friends of mine – none of them belonging to the filmy world – have children. See, the thing is that lives of people who come from the world of films are a little more spread out. On the other hand for others, it is so much more focused on families. I have visited a lot of birthday parties that are thrown for children. It is amazing to see the kind of effort that parents put into organizing the parties. I guess with my friends coupled with Farhan and Vidya, I got the best of both worlds when it came to demonstrating parenting. You would see many hilarious situations coming out of that in ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’,” he smiles.

We agree, if the promo is any indication. Now we would love to see more of that in action.

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