Mumbai: Divya Khosla Kumar, wife of T-Series head honcho, Bhushan Kumar ,who debuted as an actress with Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, now marks her debut as a director in Yaariyan, a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life.
As the trailer of the film launches online on youtube today,the debutante director couldn't be more excited to introduce her film's starcast, a potential lot of future stars who make their big Bollywood debut with the film,backed by Divya who goes all out to prove that it doesn't take big names to make a big film.
Talking about the film says Divya,"Yaariyan will have you reminiscing the best days of your life. A time that sees all your firsts - your first outburst,your first challenge,your first love and ofcourse the first strong bonds of friendship.The film will have you laugh and cry".
A long standing dream,the vivacious Divya Khosla Kumar was always inclined to direction,having directed several music videos in the past.
Having handled both aspects of production and direction ,the young mother, backed with a strong script and great music, sees the realization of a 13 year old dream with this contemporary entertainer that will have audiences leave cinema halls with a tear and a smile.
Since the director took over a year and a half only on casting for the ambitious entertainer , she ensured that she found nothing but the best !
Says Divya Khosla Kumar, "I wanted to be a director when I was just 18.It was a huge struggle getting here.I spent a great deal of time on the casting since I needed actors who would suit the characters in the film to the T. To me these characters were real and I've lived with them through the filming of this movie.They are an extremely talented lot "
Divya Khosla Kumar on Himash Kohli aka Lakshya
Lakshya is quite the casanova ! He is every bit the "bad boy" that girls love. Like most guys his age , he is a rebel without cause. When looking to cast for this role , I happened to come across Himash Kohli,a former radio jockey from Delhi. Though initially I had reservations, something about him kept everyone involved and that was so much like Lakshya in the film. Several auditions later Himansh was moulded into Yaariyan's Lakshya.
Divya Khosla Kumar on Rakul aka Saloni
Saloni was a character extremely special to me since in ways she is a lot like me in real life.Someone vulnerable and innocent but who goes all guns blazing to get what she wants. She has a good body of work down south,the character needed beauty in simplicity and Rakul fit the bill.
Divya Khosla Kumar on Nicole Faria aka Jia
The best way to describe Jia would be every guy's dream ...She is sexy and fiesty ! Nicole who won Miss India Earth in 2010 was our first option for this role .She was also the first lead we signed without a moment's hesitation. She has also worked extremely hard on her diction since she didn't speak Hindi and had to train extensively in the language.
Divya Khosla Kumar on Shreyas Pardiwalla aka Pardi
Every college group has a clown and that's who Pardi is...He is a funny , cute guy who always makes for a best buddy and can always make you smile.Shreyas who essays the role in the film is immensely talented and someone the audiences will enjoy watching.
Divya Khosla Kumar on Devanshu Sharma aka Neil -
Neil in the film is a biker,well dressed,well polished and eludes class .It's also a very challenging role in the film.What made it easy for me to cast Devanshu for this role was the fact that he is extremely well bred in real life too.
T-Series’ Yaariyan directed by Divya Khosla Kumar is scheduled to release 31st January 2013.
The trailer of the film is out today on Youtube !