Before venturing into Bollywood director Habib Faisal worked as a cameraman for an English news channel. Later he started off as an assistant director in the movie ‘Electric Moon’.
Later he turned director with the movie ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ that starred Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Even though the movie was a critical success it failed to make a mark at the box-office. But it was Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh starrer ‘Band Baaja Baraat’, for which he wrote the screenplay and dialogues, that he finally got his recognition.
Now the director is back with the movie ‘Ishaqzaade’ that marks the debut of Boney Kapoor’s son Arjun Kapoor and stars Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti Chopra.
But the director said that filmmaking happened accidentally with him.
“Unlike most filmmakers today, I had no clichéd dream of making movies at the age of five,” he said in an interview with PTI.
The director confessed that while growing up he dreamt of becoming a doctor.
“I failed in all my entrance exams...I had fascination to become a doctor but I had no brains. For us being in IIT or IIM was glamorous,” he said.
It was while he was in college that he introduced to the art of filmmaking.
“I somehow got into doing a play. I was not interested in doing films but wanted to do theatres,” he said.
Not just filmmaking about also the job as cameraman for NDTV also happened by an accident.
“My job as a cameraman happened by accident. I used to shoot features for the channel....the experience over there helped me travel across the country and get in touch with real characters. It did help me connect with the pulse of the masses. From that point on there was no looking back as far as writing dialogues is concerned....Films all happened by accident,” he concluded.
The movie will release on May 11th, same day as Karisma Kapoor’s ‘Dangerous Ishq’.