Tum Bin turns 20: John Abraham’s ‘very bad’ audition, Bhushan Kumar’s 3 am name to Anubhav Sinha  


It was an everyday evening for Anubhav Sinha. He was busy capturing a music video, when T-Sequence proprietor Bhushan Kumar referred to as him at 3 within the morning, and requested him to direct a movie for his firm. This was to be Sinha’s Bollywood debut though he had directed TV exhibits and music movies. This provide, nevertheless, was totally different.

“Bhushan Kumar had finished watching one of the music videos which I had delivered to him. He loved it and asked if I would want to make a film. I said that’s what I’ve come to Mumbai for,” Sinha reminiscences.

All Sinha had was one line plot concept – in the event you noticed an accident and the cellphone close to the lifeless physique rings, would you reply that? “That was the genesis of the story, with three boys and one girl.”

Tum Bin was a primary for many of its forged and crew. Whereas it was Anubhav Sinha’s first directorial enterprise, it was additionally Bhushan Kumar’s first manufacturing, after he took cost of T-Sequence submit the demise of his father, Gulshan Kumar. Then, the 4 debutant lead actors – Sandali Sinha, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Himanshu Malik and Raqesh Bapat, who have been chosen, some by way of auditions, and others as a result of their earlier collaboration with Sinha.

Raqesh, who had gained Grasim Mr India, was barely 20 when he landed the position of Amar. He instructed, that being the youngest one, many of the crew members have been apprehensive, other than Ratnaa Sinha, Anubhav Sinha’s spouse. “At the audition, they made me stand with Sandali for 2-3 hours. We were like guinea pigs, being watched,” he recalled.

Sandali, on her half stated she is a happy-go-lucky individual in actual life, however was made to cry at her audition. The scene in query was the place Pia is heartbroken and Abhigyan proposes marriage. “I told them, you got no other scene?” Sandali, nevertheless stated she cherished the half as a result of regardless of being distressed, Pia is a powerful woman. “She was a lot like me, with similar mannerisms,” she stated.

Sandali Sinha and Priyanshu Chatterjee in a nonetheless from Tum Bin (2001).

Sinha additional shared that they examined a number of high fashions with whom he had shot music movies, together with John Abraham. “I remember I was entering the audition room, and John was leaving. I asked him how did it go, and he said “very bad!”” However, Sinha was positive of casting Sandali, who, at the moment had additional kilos. She promised to get in form earlier than the movie and went on to lose 20 kgs.

Among the many boys, Priyanshu had the very best audition. “For several days, Priyanshu and Himanshu were playing each other’s parts. But I was seeing Priyanshu more as Shekhar. Priyanshu didn’t mind it as that was a better part, but I took a day to convince Himanshu,” Anubhav Sinha revealed.

Recalling the fan following that then movie obtained, Priyanshu credited all of it to Bhushan Kumar and T-Sequence “for nurturing Tum Bin over a long span of 20 years. And of course, the fans for their undying love towards the film. Salutations.”

Tum Bin can also be remembered for its story of affection and redemption, other than its picturesque places. Sinha, nevertheless shared “those standing behind the camera were dying!” Tum Bin was shot at Calgary and the director needed to maintain the backdrop of fall colors of Canada, simply when winters have been setting in. However, they’d no clue about how harsh the climate might be.

“You talk about Tum Bin, and all we remember is cold! One day we shot at -35 degrees.”

However how was Sinha as a movie director? Sandali, who was an everyday in his movies, stated, “He’ll laugh with you, have fun, but when he is working, you better not fool around with him.” Raqesh added, “When you are correct with your scripting, shooting isn’t difficult. Anubhav Sinha had so much clarity. His editing pattern is perfect in his head. So, he shot as much as needed.”

For Himanshu, who was additionally an everyday face in Sinha’s music movies, Tum Bin was had ardour instilled by its makers. “Even before we shot the first frame, we all knew we were onto something very special. Right from the screenplay to the sound track, every detail of the film was carefully and intensely crafted. The producers backed Anubhav Sinha and he backed his cast and crew,” he stated.

Priyanshu agreed. “Tum Bin stands the test of time because love, honesty and wanting to do the correct thing would always remain a relevant theme. Or one hopes so.” In accordance with him the songs proceed to help the movies longevity.

He isn’t fallacious. Tum Bin’s recognition could be credited to its music to a big extent. In actual fact, Bhushan Kumar’s high precedence was to have a memorable album with eight songs. And it persevering with to stay part of our playlists is testomony that a number of coronary heart went into making its tunes.

Nikhil Kamath, one half of music composer duo Nikhil-Vinay feels, Tum Bin is a undertaking blessed by God. “It started as a fun project. And anything done in harmony and a cordial relationship, becomes successful,” Kamath stated.

The primary time Anubhav Sinha gave Nikhil-Vinay a narration was at Bhushan Kumar home. They mentioned 6-7 songs, out of which two obtained finalised then and there – “Tumhare Siva” and “Choti Choti Raatein”.

“We did not want to follow norms. Though it was a teenage movie, we thought to bring in Jagjit Singh for “Koi Fariyaad.” For “Tum Bin”, we needed the track a bit greater. It will’ve been shrill in Alka Yagnik’s tonal high quality. So, we went to Chennai to document it with Chitra ji. She even sang “Pyar Humko Hone Laga.” That call was taken on the spot. We had a flight to catch, and she or he dubbed it in a single hour,” Kamath stated.

Anubhav Sinha obtained teary eyed when Chitra was recording the title monitor. He stated the deal between him and Bhushan Kumar was, each of them ought to just like the songs. “Bhushan was like a maniac looking for songs and playing it to me,” he recalled.

sandali sinha raqesh bapat tum bin Tum Bin additionally starred Vikram Gokhale, Manoj Pahwa, Navneet Nishan, Rajesh Khera and others.

Kamath additional revealed that the feminine model of “Meri Duniya Mein Aake” was created on Anubhav Sinha’s demand. “But, Sonu Nigam had sung it very high. There was nobody who could fit that range. Then someone at T-Series recommended Shailaja Subramanian.”

Raqesh, who was on the recording studio when Jagjit Singh was dubbing the ghazal, shared the surreal second he had in his first track “Tumhare Siva” when he lip-synced to Udit Narayan’s voice.

“That was such a huge high for me, like a la-la-land kind of a feeling. In fact, one of my girlfriends told me that her first boyfriend used to emulate my polo necks, and their first date had “Tum Bin” track enjoying. Music was the spine of the movie. There was a cheerful track, a breakup track, very relatable music. Numerous restoration occurred due to the music earlier than the discharge of the movie.”

Sandali laughed whereas sharing how the shopkeepers change the track at shops to Tum Bin, when she goes to purchase one thing even to at the present time. Vacationers additionally come to her for an image when she is holidaying overseas. Some even have “Choti Choti Raatein” enjoying as ringtone round her. She believes the fandom is just rising even after 20 years.

“Tum Bin has a life of its own. It’s not one person who’s made it. It’s everyone’s labour of love, with so much purity. And we are woven together in time,” she stated wanting again. Himanshu added, “Tum Bin was a wonderful and rare alignment in the cacophony of Bollywood circa 2001.”

Raqesh agrees too. Sharing an incident from its promotional tour, he stated, “We visited a jam-packed theatre at Benaras. People got so hysterical, they started throwing coins at us. They wanted to touch us, broke chairs, followed our cars. At Kanpur railway station, there was no place for us to step out of the train. The back of my shirt was torn. We had to huddle and protect Sandali.”

So what did Anubhav Sinha discovered from his first directorial? Giving an sincere reply, he instructed us, “The tragedy is, I learned all the wrong things. After Tum Bin, I thought I knew the formula to make a hit film. And everytime a director thinks that, he delivers a flop. Second thing was, after the film, all the big actors and producers wanted to work with me, they chased me, and I thought that’s what success meant. And everything I put a heart and soul into making Tum Bin – its script and music, took a back seat. It took me 16-17 years to go back to the Tum Bin formula, which was actually of following your heart.”

Sinha additionally directed Tum Bin 2 (2016), a sequel of the unique, which didn’t ring a bell with the viewers. “After Ra.One (2011), I had lost confidence in myself as a director. It received so much flak, and I take complete blame for it. It took me 5 years to direct again. Bhushan offered me Tum Bin 2. But, I shouldn’t have made its second part, as I don’t think it came from a pure heart. Also, Tum Bin 2 got unlucky because a week before its release, demonetisation was announced. People didn’t have the money to watch it. Even its songs did not hit the right spots. You cannot recreate magic.”

anubhav sinha sandali tum bin 20 years Sandali Sinha had a cameo in Tum Bin 2, additionally directed by Anubhav Sinha. (Picture: Twitter/anubhavsinha)

The filmmaker’s final three movies – Mulk, Thappad and Article 15 have made a number of noise, however he believes Tum Bin stands tall with them. “These three movies are socio-political intense dramas which, as you said, have created a 2.0 of me, and Tum Bin has outlived my first life as a director.”

Sinha shared that his good pal and fellow filmmaker Hansal Mehta as soon as referred to as him from Mauritius the place he was capturing. It was his off day and Hansal Mehta‘s entire cast and crew were drinking and listening to music, when Tum Bin’s title monitor performed and everybody began crying. “This is one of the most overwhelming phone calls I’ve received,” he stated.

“It’s your conviction and madness for a film, that transcends through the screen and the audience’s heart,” he concluded. Tum Bin completes 20 years right this moment.

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