Sachin Gupta: I was a software engineer working abroad who always wanted to make movies!

Paranthe Wali Gali highlights essence of old Delhi

Debutante director Sachin Gupta says his first Bollywood venture Paranthe Wali Gali, highlights the vibrant and effervescent culture of old Delhi.  Sachin, 36, has made a name for himself as a theatre director, actor and writer. Paranthe Wali Gali is a romantic story about Maulik and Naina, who are both from old Delhi. A lot of people claim that they have shot a movie in old Delhi. But many of them are not actually shot here. They are either filmed in Jaipur or in some other place,” Sachin told in an interview.

“But this entire movie has been filmed in old Delhi. We were very clear about highlighting the flavour of Chadani Chowk and even our costumes are from the market only. It is a very rich and colourful film,” he added.

The romantic film, starring Anuj Saxena and Neha Pawar, will hit theatres on January 17.

Sachin auditioned many faces for the role before casting Saxena and Pawar in the movie.

“It is true that A-listers attract audience, but I think at the end of the day it is your story and you need someone, who can justify it. Youd need someone, who is disciplined and is interested in the story,” Sachin said.

“I auditioned a lot of actors and met Bollywood stars also. I was very clear about the casting as I wanted a person who had commitment, discipline and excitement about the story,” he added.

The filmmaker, who hails from Delhi, is a software engineer by profession. He came to India, leaving his well-settled job abroad, to pursue his filmmaking dream.

Sachin feels that he is living his dream by making movies and doing theatre.

“I always wanted to make movies. I was a software engineer working abroad. I had a good pay package but I left all that and came back to India to pursue my dreams. By doing theatre and cinema I am living my dream,” he said.

The director’s first film is yet to release but he has already planned his second movie, which is again a romantic comedy but would be based in Punjab.