Ranbir-Katrina break-up never affected ‘Jagga Jasoos’, says Anurag Basu

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Jagga Jasoos went into production in 2014. When something takes so long, how do you sustain passion?

Anurag Basu: It’s tough. In between, there were frustrating times, but we were so much in love with the film that we didn’t want to compromise. In hindsight, this film would have taken this much time only, because it is a musical. Even if I had the soundtrack ready for the entire film earlier, I think it would have taken the same time.

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But how do you stay in love for that long?

Ranbir Kapoor: To be honest, you don’t. You can’t, at least I don’t have that in me. But, and I have had this experience while working earlier on Barfi! (2012), he does a lot of work for you. He creates your performance through his camera, music and the treatment. Every scene has some treatment, it’s not just two people talking, it’s not that kind of a film. There were even more frustrating times for me, for Katrina [Kaif, actress]. There were times such as when two years back I messaged dada [Basu] asking to shelve the film. We’ve abused each other, but at the heart of everything, he just believed in the story. It was very simple – to rewind to the time when he came to time and narrated the story, and that story was really nice. If you just think of that, that’s the purpose, the rest is just how the film is being made. Today when I see the film, it took me back to that time and now he has made that film which he narrated three and a half years back. So, if it took three and a half years or six months, it wouldn’t matter. At the end, the film has to be what it set out to be.

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