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Aditya Chopra borrows art director from Woody Allen for ‘Befikre’

That nobody does romance just like the Yash Raj camp is well-known in filmi circles. And within the opinion of Oscar-nominated artwork director Anne Seibel, who has labored with Woody Allen for ‘Midnight In Paris’ (2011), director Aditya Chopra has romanced Paris like none ever has.


“Aditya advised me proper at the beginning that he needed to do one thing completely different from typical… one thing like When Harry Met Sally (1989), however nearer to A Bout de Souffle (1960), which is intrinsically extra European. Aditya is aware of what he desires and it is a pleasure to have a director who has the movie inside out in his head. Although he’s principally versatile, he may very well be fairly a taskmaster when wanted,” says Seibel.

Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Befikre
Vaani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Befikre

For somebody who has labored with Woody and Clint Eastwood, how totally different was fashioning a Bollywood set? “I’ve been recreating France in lots of European nations for Hollywood. For example, we recreated Paris in Budapest for Munich, Prague for GI Joe and likewise interval Paris and France for Woody. However, Befikre was novel for me and so was doing a recent romance comedy set in Paris, Picardy and South of France with Bollywood track and dance.

It made me rediscover the town from a contemporary perspective. Furthermore, this might be my first work mission with Bollywood, however I’ve watched plenty of Hindi films and I really like them. On set, it felt like working with household amid laughter and spicy Indian meals,” she says.

A still from Midnight In Paris
A nonetheless from Midnight In Paris

Although Paris’ romance angle has been explored a number of occasions on celluloid, Seibel feels Befikre takes it past touristy variations mirrored on postcards. “We’ve got lined all iconic places, proper from Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre Dame and Buttes Chaumont, however proven them from an insider’s eyes. There are lengthy romantic walks on cobbled roads, quaint cafes, even beautiful lengthy pictures of rooftops. Sure, it has all been used and re-used, however Aditya’s creativeness made even Parisians like me see town in another way. Befikre is a love letter to Paris and town’s character and character fairly naturally gelled with the story.”

Anne Seibel
Anne Seibel

Personally, Seibel want to create a world that does not exist. “I’d like to design one thing like a Tim Burton film, or a fantasy world. I’ve two tasks the place I’d be capable to create that sort of world,” she indicators off.

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