India's World Cup debacle boon for 'Namastey London'

Apr 8, 2007 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Director Vipul Shah must be one of the very few Indians happy with our cricket team's poor show at the World Cup - it enabled his "Namastey London" to fare better at the box office.

The release date of Namastey London coincided with a critical World Cup match that "did affect our film initially", says Shah.

"But the film opened well. I couldn't push my film to the end of the World Cup because Yashraj Films would be releasing 'Tara Rum Pum' on April 27, followed by a spate of Yashraj Films. Where would I have taken my film among these big films? However, once India's verdict at the World Cup was out we had nothing to fear."

Vipul Shah is all praise for the London crew.

"As far as talent is concerned, we don't lag behind. I don't think our Ravi K. Chandran is any less talented as London-based cameraman Jonathan Bloom. But we really need to learn from their way of working.

"The whole crew had a script and each member of the unit knew what was to be done. Everyone went on location together, and all the time on camera was spent directing the actors instead of wasting time in getting shots and scenes organised. That kind of collaboration needs to be brought to Mumbai."

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