Actor-director Balraj Syal recently shot his directorial Apne Ghar Begane in Canada. He says that it has been quite a journey making this film.
“We shot this in minus 30-35 in proper winters when people don’t even prefer going out. We were supposed to shoot in the summer but couldn’t because of Visa issues. I thought we would get a different look which will look very good so decided to shoot in winters. I’ve always wanted to be the maker of the films. I wrote the film and my producers liked a lot so they also asked me to direct the film,” Balraj Syal says.
This film stars Yograj Singh, father of Yuvraj Singh, Kulraj Randhawa, Roshan Prince, Armaan Aujla and Rana Ranbir. Ask Balraj Syal who is his favourite director, and he says, “One of my favourite directors is Rajkumar Hirani sir, because all his films have so many emotions which excite the audiences. Anurag Kashyap’ sway of storytelling is commendable. These are my favourite two directors.”
Talking about how it is to be behind the camera as well, Balraj Syal says, “It was really tough being behind the camera because it was very cold and our whole crew’s visa wasn’t on time and we were short of manpower. The Canadian crew and my actors were very supportive. Being an actor is not easy but being a director, you have to look after various situations. The work never ends. It was very tough and I also lost almost 10 kgs weight during that time but it’s said that ‘all that goes well ends well’. The film is very nicely made and I can’t wait for all of you to see the magic. The best part was my wife was also there in Canada during the shoot which helped me a lot.
Balraj Syal adds, “I didn’t give much attention to writing while I was busy with my acting work but during covid time I started writing again. Now I am working on other films and hopefully we will start shooting for another film soon.” The film Apne Ghar Begane is produced by gang of filmmaker and Ravishing Entertainment.