Writer Raj Saluja on Aditya Roy Kapur’s Om: An Action Movie With A Moving Story is always able to hold its audience -Exclusive! | Hindi Movie News

Raj Saluja was the associate producer of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Dream Girl in 2019. He has now teamed up with the film’s writer Niket Pandey and together they’ve penned Aditya Roy Kapur’s upcoming action fiesta, Om: The Battle Within. But it’s not the most engaging part of his career. Believe it or not, Raj was an actor in his own right and he starred in films like Tum Mile, Dhokha, October 31st and PM Narendra Modi, before becoming a writer. The career change happened by luck and foresight. Talking about his journey, he shared interesting stories and insights on how movies are made in Bollywood and how fate can change in 24 hours.

Revealing Om’s writing journey for Aditya Roy Kapur, he said, “Om had an interesting journey. We were initially writing this film for another studio and Ahmed Khan, sir, was also involved in it. at the time. Ahmed sir said he liked the many stories, but since he was committed to directing Baaghi 3 at the time, he offered to do it later. At that time, Niket ( Pandey), Nirmaan (Dsingh) and I were writing Dream Girl with Raaj Shaadilyaa and we were just starting out as writers. But Ahmed sir loved the understudy and then the screenplay of Om as well. His thought process was that he It’s rare to get an action movie with a strong story. But that’s what it was about. About a dramatic story and the action settings aren’t the only important aspect of the movie, as it is. is usually the case in other action movies. So working on the conviction of Ahmed sir, within 24 hours a fter giving us assurance, Zee Studios was on board, producing Om.”

Raj was involved in all creative processes and assisted in the production of the film. Speaking about the casting, he said: “Aditya Roy Kapur was the first person we approached with the film. Our director Kapil and I had met for Om and, incidentally, we had seen Malang the day before. We all thought the two that Aditya looked great in the prison movie footage When we pitched the idea of ​​bringing Aditya aboard Ahmed sir, he also reacted positively and said, “Yeh toh bahut achcha idea hai” .I would just like to add here that the best part of collaborating with Ahmed sir is the fact that he likes to do things from scratch.He is always open to explore and try new ideas.So Ahmed sir was convinced that Aditya’s chiseled looks would be perfect for Om. He told Aditya about the movie and everything fell into place.”

Talking about writing an action movie, Raj said, “An action movie with a moving story is always able to hold its audience. Niket and I are extremely passionate about cinema and we try very hard to emulate our idols Salim-Javed saab and us want to have a similar impact on Hindi cinema, just as they did in the 70s.” Revealing more about his writing career, he said: “We’ve written a lot of movies, there are two new ones that will be announced this month. One of them is a romantic comedy and it’s a new concept. No matter what genre we work with, we always focus on the story, because it is the key to making a good film. A strong story is the key to the success of any film. Personally, I think that’s why Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 also did well at the box office because it had an engaging story I’m not talking about the script but the main story hit the audience and that’s why the movie got so much worked well.

Nirmaan Dsingh, who was credited for Dream Girl with Niket, has been friends with Raj since 2010. He revealed, “We started writing the film back then and we were writing the story with the idea that I would be in the film as the main actor. I remember feeling, koi aur toh acting ka kaam de nahi raha hai, toh hum khud hi story ban lete hain. Nirmaan was working with Pradeep Sarkar sir, he said that he would direct and I can be the lead actor and we can even find funding and producers and we’ll do it. I started my production house in 2015 and even then I had to star in the film. But in 2017, I had thought that no one was willing to finance the project with me as the headliner, so we decided to produce it. That’s when I thought I should try to follow the footsteps of my idol, Farhan Akhtar and first foray into film as a producer/screenwriter, then later, if fate permits, I may even consider taking up acting again.”

The success of Dream Girl, the start of Om with Ahmed Khan and the COVID lockdown taught Raj an important lesson. This fueled the transition from actor to producer/writer. Raj said, “I learned that my creative instincts can help my quest for survival way more than my acting career. So, without ruminating too much, I just went with the flow and ignited my creative spark. ” Finally talking about the prospect of working with his idol, Raj said, “I haven’t met Farhan yet, but I will pray to meet him soon and would love to collaborate with him in the future.”

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