Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has roped in three of late art director Sameer Chanda’s assistants for his forthcoming films to pay homage to his close friend.
The trio will be working in Bhardwaj’s upcoming Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola starring Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma and Ek Thi Daayan starring Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin.
Bhardwaj and Sameer Chanda had worked earlier together on projects like Omkara, Kaminey and Makdee. But after Chanda’s death, instead of hiring some other experienced art director, Bhardwaj quite generously appointed three of Chanda’s assistants, namely Subrato Chakravarthy, Punita Grover and Amit Ray.
Tells Subrato Chakravarthy, “I have been an assistant with Sameer dada from a film called Indian many years back and so has been Amit. Punita joined us during Rang de Basanti. I learnt more about Vishal when I didOmkara and I was even promoted to being Chanda’s associate. After that I did many films with him.”
“We have really worked hard and delivered our best. Vishal and dada had a great equation and everything I have learned is from dada. I hope I live up to his expectations,” adds Subrato.
Ek Thi Daayan is slated for a February 2013 release while Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola for a January 2013 release.