Majid Majidi’蝉 Beyond The Clouds Completes 6 Years: How Ishaan Khatter Convinced Karan Johar To Make This Film His Debut

The award-winning Iranian filmmaker's first film in India starred Ishaan Khatter, Malvika Mohanan and Gautam Ghose. The film was released domestically on April 20, 2018, marking Khatter's debut.
Majid Majidi’蝉 Beyond The Clouds Completes 6 Years: How Ishaan Khatter Convinced Karan Johar To Make This Film His Debut

Majid Majidi’蝉 Beyond The Clouds Completes 6 Years: How Ishaan Khatter Convinced Karan Johar To Make This Film His Debut

In Majid Majidi’蝉 Beyond The Clouds, the message of hope and humanism shines like a beacon of light in the charged electric screenplay written by Mehran Kashani where the drama of the damned is not an affectation but a way of life. Mumbai’蝉 heartbeat throbs life and breath into every moment that Majid Majidi’蝉 narrative exhales over frames that seem to embrace life in all its inglorious colours. In spite of the abject seemingly irredeemable darkness, there is that spark of light igniting the soul.
A star seemed to be born in Beyond The Clouds. Director Majid Majidi places a hefty level of faith in Ishaan Khatter’蝉 raw, uncorrupted personality to bring out the ugliness of Mumbai’蝉 underbelly. Debutant Ishaan Khatter, who stands tall in a film where life, dwarfs even the bravest. Ishaan’蝉 Aamir is impetuous, volatile and self-destructive. The character’蝉 redemptive journey is undertaken by the debutant actor with an honesty and vigour that are unmatched by anything we’ve seen in a maiden performance.
In a throwback interview right after the release of Beyond The Clouds, Ishaan Khattar had shared his excitement: “My debut film was going to be Karan Johar’蝉 production Dhadak. The dates, schedules, everything was worked out. I was ready to shoot for Dhadak when I was offered Beyond The Clouds. Majid Sir had considered other actors. But once Honey Sir (casting director Honey Trehan) came on board, it was more or less me that Majid Sir wanted. He saw my auditions and told Honey Sir to cast me. That’蝉 when I was placed in a dilemma. If Karan Sir had not agreed to push his film forward…. I went to him with my problem. I told him very honestly that I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to do Majid Majidi’蝉 film. Karan Sir heard me out and agreed to postpone Dhadak for me to do Beyond The Clouds. I suppose it was just my good fortune that I didn’t miss out on such an opportunity.”
About his preparation for the part Ishaan, in the throwback interview, had informed, “Well, I had to lose 8 ? kilos almost overnight before shooting for Beyond The Clouds. Since I was playing a boy from the chawls, Majid Sir wanted me to look undernourished. I stopped going to the gym to get the physique required. This (not going to the gym) was very unusual since it was an instinctive part of my daily routine. Yes, for that I took the help of Akaash the actor who plays my best friend Anil. He’蝉 a rapper. I hung around with him and his friends to get a hang of the way they talk. The whole notion of acting hinges on assuming unknown characters. Isn’t that what I am here for? It was a challenge doing these two films as my debut and post-debut. I hope I’ve done what was required from me.”
Speaking on his family’蝉 response to the film Ishaan, in the throwback interview, had said, “My mother [Neelima Azim] is my best friend and my biggest critic. When she saw my performance, she had one thing to say which said it all. ‘Who are you?’ It was her way of telling me I had disappeared into the character. I have to thank my mother for bringing me up on a regular diet of Hindi and American classic films. I feel I am being exposed to all kinds of cinema at a very young age. It’蝉 helping me grow as an actor. You know, for the longest time my brother (Shahid Kapoor) couldn’t watch the film because he was busy with Padmaavat. Finally, I had to ask Majid Sir to organize a private screening for Bhai. Normally, Majid Sir doesn’t arrange private screenings for anyone. But he made an exception for Bhai. It was just my mother, Bhai and I. It was one of the most memorable events of my life. Bhai didn’t say anything. When the film was over, he took an angdaai (stretch and yawn) and then gave me a look expressing what he felt. That look said it all. It meant the world to me. I’ve always looked up to Bhai. And I continue to seek his advice. We are brothers and people will try to see similarities between us. I don’t mind. Because on a personal level, I’ve always looked up to him.”
Great things were expected from Ishaan’蝉 career after Beyond The Clouds. Sadly, he couldn’t make the headway that he was expected to.
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