Yes you read that right. In the day’s most bizarre news story, director Sandeep Mohan has announced his fourth feature film ‘Nirmal Anand Ki Puppy.’ His team claim that the film is the first one to be ‘scripted by a man and a dog.’
“After my last three films (‘Love Wrinkle-Free’, ‘Hola Venky’ and ‘Shreelancer’), which I made alone, I wanted to collaborate with a writer. To avoid issues like creative ego, fees and logistics, I avoided doing so with a human,” says Mohan.
He started working on the script last September and explored the creative possibilities by talking to his dog Hermione, who is an Indian Pariah rescued from the streets. He quickly churned out the first draft and started enjoying the process.
“Maybe it’s just in my mind. But I seem to converse well with her. Maybe I’ve developed some sort of animal communication skills,” he joked, but emphasises that it has helped him ‘a lot.’
Mohan has never had a pet but claims that the arrival of Hermione at his house has changed his life. “I’ve started paying extreme attention to what she does,” he says and adds, “I read scripts to her only in the night so that no one can make fun of me.”
And how does he understand what she has to say? “It’s about the fines of gestures, like the blink of an eye. For instance, if she wags the tail or moves the head in one specific manner, it means a no.”
As you can make out from the title, the film revolves around a dog, and stars Karanveer Khullar, Gillian Pinto, Khushboo Upadhyay, Vipin Heero and Salmin Sheriff in lead roles.
The film will go on floors in September this year, and then will take the festival route, according to Mohan. “After that is when we’ll know if it worked out well or not. But this collaboration has worked out well and I will try it out at least once more in the future,” he says.