Direction not my first love says Shimit Amin

Direction not my first love says Shimit Amin

Ranbir Kapoor as Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year

Shimit, whose 'Rocket Singh: The Salesman of the Year' releases on December 12, says he gets a real high from editing rather than helming a project."Editing is still my first love. I love the the craft of putting things together.I also like directing but it does not give me the same high," Shimit told PTI.

'Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year', releasing on December 11, revolves around the life of salesman Harpreet Singh Bedi portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor. The film also stars debutante Shehnaz Padamsee, daughter of adman Alyque Padamsee and Sharon Prabhakar and Gauhar Khan.

The young director, who gained accolades for highlighting the plight of women's hockey in India through his debut 'Chak De! India', says his new film, which stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead, goes beyond the obvious by exploring the life after college.

"It's an adventurous film, lot of films have been made on college life. We have explored life after college, in the real world," Shimit says.

After Chak De India, Jaideep and Aditya Chopra had a conversation about the modern day workplace and how it has changed in the last 15 years. Then, Jaideep developed the story idea of how a Sikh kid enters the sales world in current times and his trials and tribulations, how eager they are to prove themselves," he adds.

With the trend of Bollywood actors portraying Sikh characters in films like 'Singh is King' and 'Love Aaj Kal', has the director too followed the wave?
"He's just a young kid like any one else, being a Sikh was not the USP of the film. We did not face any problem with any religious groups. We have been very careful and we don't want to stereotype the character.

"There is a way we designed the film, if you want to see the adventure of salesperson is you should come and see it. The stereotype of a door to door salesman is not here,"
Shimit says.

The director is also confident that Ranbir, who has just been voted India's Sexiest Man Alive, has done justice to the character."There are not many people in the age group and we felt that Ranbir would understand the character, judging from his newness to the industry," Shimit said.

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