Actor-producer Vivek Gomber says he initially turned to Rohit Gera’s critically acclaimed Sir for his love story, but it was the director’s conviction that won him over.
“Who doesn’t like a good love story?” Gomber, whose production credits include the internationally acclaimed films Court and The Discipline, make rhetoric.
“It’s a love story and I don’t want to do things like this. In one day’s repetition, so much of the story is in silence. There is also a conversation about class division and the way domestic help is done. I had to trust Rohana for those things. I felt that she knew what she was talking about, ”she told PTI in an interview.
Gomber, who met director Chaitanya Tamhane when he was just 21 and then eventually supported the backing court and now The Discipline, loves collaborating with people who have a vision and are organized.
“As an actor, I understand that my job is to be part of the whole Ara. As a producer, I’m like ‘You better not mess it up’. As a producer it has really helped me as an actor and the actor helps me to be a better producer. Now, these two identities are interlinked. “
Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Gomber left India for Singapore at an early age. But the memories of watching Amitabh Bachchan’s films in the city’s landmark single screen Raj Mandir cinema were with him.
He became part of a theater group at his Singapore school and later acted at Emerson College in Boston, USA.
After his graduation, Gomber came to Mumbai in 2004 in search of a career and played in shows and films through theater. He had to return to Singapore when his father fell ill. The actor eventually made a comeback in 2011, determined to keep it up and make it.
Gera approached Gomber in 2016 and after the audition she played the role of Ashwin, a character the director described as someone who is “lost from within”.
The presence of co-star Tilottama Shome also helped Gomber because he knew her as a friend. He often rehearses while moving from one point in Mumbai to another for shooting the film.
Gomber, 41, said he bowed to Gera’s determination to release the film in Indian cinemas. The film was originally set to arrive in March but the epidemic postponed.
“She never approached him like a short film. For him, it is a big, mainstream film in Bollywood. From day one, she said that she wanted to show the film to Indian audiences. “
He said that Sir has been “rewarded” after the visit as it has increased the work further.
He said, “You have to take responsibility when a director like him is giving you a chance. These are like high-stakes things and you want to bring your A-game.
“The film came to me at a time where nobody was really giving me a lot of work. I was grateful to work that year because I remember that after the court, it had become difficult for me to book an acting assignment because I was looking very different in the film. “
As a producer, Gomber said he would worry about the cost of the South Mumbai apartment that became the set for the story of Gera, which revolved around a tender romance between a young widow, Ratna (Shome) , Who is hired as a wealthy’s domestic help. Architect, Ashwin.
After traveling to film festivals around the world, the film finally released in theaters in India in November and reached the number one spot in Netflix’s top-10 in India since its premiere last Saturday.
The actor, who starred in Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy on Netflix in India, said that Gera’s confidence about his project made him realize that “if you work it out, things will eventually work”.
“As an actor you are asked to do your work, forget about it, you never know what works and what doesn’t.” I too have spent so many years here, so you have to protect yourself, expectations will be low. But he screwed me up.
Not that his journey in the film industry has been smooth – Gomber spent four years on the court and four years on The Discipline, a film that now stars Oscar-winning filmmaker Alphonse Cuaron as an executive producer and the first film in India Has been made. 20 years to be part of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival 2020.
“It is good for the community that these films are trying to make a mark, survive. This is a good indicator for the rest, who are younger than us and are coming through or who are older and cannot make their first film. They may think, ‘I can take the risk, why not, let’s do this.’ ‘
Discipline won the Best Screenplay Award in Venice, with the prestigious FIPRESCI Award given by international film critics, with exposure once again paid off. The film also earned the Amplify Voices Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2020.
Gomber now met Tamhane, 33, for a play. He eventually collaborated as producer and director on Court (2014), a national award-winning legal drama.
“Chaitanya is so unique that I would love to work with him forever. This city, this business is tough. You may have friends for emotional support but you also need friends for constructive support.
“Both the films we have worked on have some political identity that resonates with us, although we may not fully agree on everything. We see the world a certain way or we like to discuss it in a certain way. “
Gomber’s upcoming project is Bombay Begum on Netflix.