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Friday, June 15, 2012

"Cocktail Is Deepika's Best Performance": Homi Adjania

"Cocktail is Deepika's best performance till date," says Homi Adjania, director of Saif, Deepika, Diana Penty starrer Cocktail. Before we started off talking on camera, I spoke to him about his journey so far. Now, let me begin by talking about what I didn't ask during the course of the on-camera interview. Aamir Khan's bungalow in Panchgani originally belonged to Homi. It was their family property. Aamir and Kiran wanted to marry in Panchgani. They got married in the same bungalow and fell in love with it and bought it from Homi.

Well, in the on-camera interview, we discussed the similarities in Saif, Deepika and Diana's characters with Archie, Betty and Vernonica (Deepika is called Veronica in the film). Homi's first film was Being Cyrus (did Salman take the 'Being' in Being Human from Being Cyrus?). Homi spoke about the song picturisation and the Different-Quotient he has tried to bring to the table. He gave an example of Yaarian, sung by Mohan from Agni rock band where Saif is shown playing the guitar with eclectic visuals and unplugged music.

'The International Fakir' is a movie that was the debut of Farhan Akhtar as an actor. It was screened at a few film festivals but never released in India. The film was based on the real life experience of Homi when he had taken a Fakir (a beggar) to Venic and what unusual experience emanated out of his adventure. Annu Kapoor plays the Fakir in the movie. Homi was paid for being the subject (Farhan plays Homi) for the film. He took off on an adventure trip to Peru from the money that he earned. Ironically, he hasn't yet seen the film.

Homi is a certified Scuba diving instructor. He loves the adrenaline rush that comes with adventure sports. Being Cyrus released in 2005. It has been seven years since his last film. He has never directed an Add film. Talking about Being Cyrus, well, Dimple Kapadia uses Saif as her toyboy in the film. In Cocktail, Dimple plays Saif's mom. "There's no incest happening there for sure," says Homi.

Homi's wife is Anaita Shroff Adjania. She is the Fashion Director of Vogue India and a noted Stylist (Dhoom franchise, Love Aaj Kal and many more). In fact Anaita played the role of one of Kajol's friends in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane song, the girl with whom Shahrukh flirts with).

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