“Badmaash Company”, about four friends doing con
jobs to become rich overnight, has got good reviews
and viewers have enjoyed their capers but first time
director Parmeet Sethi says he wrote the script of
the film in frustration.
“The bell actually rang three years back when I was
sure that I will direct a film. This is the second
script that I have written,” Parmeet told IANS.
“Yash Raj Films (YRF) had approved my first script
too, but we couldn’t make it. I waited for one and a
half years, but the film didn’t take off and I was
frustrated. I was in a dilemma whether to stick to
my plans to direct a film or go back to acting. Then
in frustration, I wrote this script,” he added.
“I had five ideas with me out of which two were most
compelling. I wanted to write another script before
this but that required research work in Canada,
which would have taken six months. I didn’t have the
money. I didn’t have the time. So I chose this one
because I enjoy the genre very much. I think no one
has done a full-on con film intelligently,” the
actor-turned director said.
Set in the 1990s, “Badmaash Company” is about four
young friends – Shahid, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das and
Meiyang Chang – from middle-class Mumbai who get
together to start a company. Their business is an
instant hit because they find a way to beat the
system by doing all the wrong things in a right way.
The critics have praised the film despite it being
“First, I worked out the whole con thing in my head,
then I put it down on paper as script and then wrote
dialogues. There are four con jobs in the film and I
had to come up with interesting ideas each time to
make it as believable as possible,” said Parmeet.
To get the right feel of the 1990s, he shot some
scenes in Hyderabad.
“The cars, the houses and other locations that we
shot in Mumbai, I was particular about everything
because I wanted to bring the essence of the 1990s.
I actually went to Hyderabad to shoot the airport
scene. Mumbai airport of today is very, very modern.
But the Hyderabad airport still looks like the old
Mumbai airport,” he said.
The director, who worked with freshers like Vir and
Chang, says he signed Anushka Sharma on Aditya
“I wanted some very fresh faces and Vir and Chang
were the perfect choice. I didn’t want to have
predictable faces. Anushka was Adi’s recommendation.
I didn’t know her personally. I was a little
doubtful, but Adi assured me that I’ll like her once
we meet,” he said.