By Rashmi Hemrajani
Zeishan Quadri is the writer of the much-talked about movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. While the cast is busy promoting the movie, we had a brief talk with the writer of the film.
When and how did you write this script?
In 2009, I came to Mumbai to become an actor. I started doing the rounds of producers and was auditioning for a role. On any given day, I would go for about 4 to 5 auditions. I understood that it was futile waiting because I was not getting responses. However this didn’t deject me. I made a pact with myself that I would enter the arena of acting through the strength of my stories. So, I started working on ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ since I was familiar with the workings of the coal mafia in Wasseypur, Dhanbad. However I also wanted to act, then on the idea tool form and I approached Anurag who instantly loved the idea. However, I made a pact with Anurag that I would act in the movie too. He agreed. I went to Dhanbad and did research for a month and was able to write a story of 140 pages which was huge according to Anurag. However, he then decided to make the movie in two parts.
Is this your first script?
Yes. I got a threat from one of the goons of Dhanbad. But I am not scared of that because I always believe ‘Ek hi jaan hai,yah allah lega yah mohallah....’
The movie has been received phenomenally well in International film festivals, how does it feel?
My debut film was received very well in Cannes and at the other international film festivals.
What is next on the agenda for you?
As of now, I am waiting eagerly for the release of my film. However, there are few projects lined up which will take the nation by storm.
Tell us about your family background?
We are a family of five. I have an elder sister and younger sister apart from my parents. It brings a smile on my face and a tear in the eye, that ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is due for release in India. My father calls me everyday just to congratulate me and tell me how proud he is about whatever little I have achieved.
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