Husband-wife filmmakers Pushkar and Gayatri are currently enjoying the success of their debut web series Suzhal: The Vortex. A dark crime thriller set around the fascinating nine days of the Mayana Kollai Festival, the show has been acclaimed by audiences, critics and celebrities alike SS Rajamouli, Dhanush and Lokesh Kanagaraj.
Pushkar and Gayatri are now awaiting the release of their first Hindi film Vikram Vedha which is set to hit theaters on September 30. An official remake of their own Tamil blockbuster, the neo-noir crime action thriller sees Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan take on the roles originally played by R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the 2017 Tamil film.
In an exclusive chat with TSWT, we asked the makers why they didn’t choose to cast R. Madhavan in the Bollywood remake as well, given his huge popularity among Hindi-speaking audiences. Pushkar replied, “I think there was a casting balance that we were all looking for. Maddy (Madhavan) had also started Rocketry at that time, so there were logistical issues. I think that’s the cast that finally came together and we had two great performers at the end.”
Gayatri added that it turned out to be a better decision because they had the opportunity to work with new people. “I think it’s also like working with new people. We think 50% is the script and 50% is what the actors bring, so we have two very confident actors (Hrithik and Saif), so that was like the same script, but a different movie.”
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When the couple were asked if they felt overwhelmed by directing two superstars in their first Hindi film, Pushkar replied, “Actually not. They are both lovely people. Our creative collaboration with them has It’s been brilliant. It’s not just about saying things every day. Touring with Hrithik and Saif has been a total joy. They come so well prepared and they have multiple questions and options. It’s been such an enjoyable experience and fun.
“You see them playing in different ways and it has to click for them, for us, so there was never an equation like we were new to the industry. They were actually very, very open and they were lifting always eyes to see if we were okay with the take or not. That kind of generosity and sweetness they had,” Gayatri concluded.