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Majid Majidi on dropping Deepika Padukone from Beyond the Clouds: It was tough to organise things on sets with a big star

Director Majid Majidi revealed that he conducted a look test with Deepika Padukone for his film Beyond the Clouds but the part was eventually given to Malayalam actor Malavika Mohanan.

By: PTI | Panaji | Updated: November 23, 2017 8:35:33 am
Beyond The Clouds stars Ishaan Khattar and Malavika Mohanan in the lead roles. Majid Majidi said that Deepika Padukone has auditioned for his film Beyond the Clouds.

Majid Majidi, the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker who is known for films like Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, expressed that he likes to work with newcomers. He believes heroes are to be found in the crowd. It was Majid’s dream to set a film completely in India and he eventually realised this dream with Beyond The Clouds.

The movie opened the 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India and is slated to be released next year. Actor Deepika Padukone had initially auditioned for the movie but Majidi finally chose newcomer Ishaan Khatter and Malayalam cinema actor Malavika Mohanan.

“I choose my subjects from the society… I choose my heroes from the crowd. I mostly work with newcomers, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to work with professional ones,” Majidi said at a press conference on the sidelines of IFFI. The director said he may work with an established actor in his career later but finds it tough because of the locations he shoots in.

Deepika Padukone during the look test for Beyond the Clouds. Deepika Padukone had given a look-test for Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds.

“It was tough to organise things on the sets with a big star. For one day, we organised auditions with Deepika. I remember it was difficult to manage things as people wanted to meet her and were very curious,” he said. For Tara’s character, played by Mohanan, Majidi said he was inspired by his travels in India. “In my films, locations have character as well. In this film, I have tried to find a character in the location, which was Mumbai.

“I had travelled (across) India many times before making the film so that was my evaluation of a normal poverty-struck woman. In countries with large population, possibility of women and children having social problems is more and that is was Tara is all about,” he said. The director is surprised by the popularity of his film in India, particularly among youth.

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“It is a wonderful feeling when young generation says good things about my cinema. But at the same time, it is a huge responsibility on me.” Beyond the Clouds, produced by Zee Studios and Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora of Namah Pictures, revolves around the life of a young brother-sister duo from Mumbai. For the film, Majidi collaborated with an Indian cast and crew. Director Vishal Bhardwaj has written the Hindi dialogues of the film.

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