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Muscat boy creates ripples in Bollywood with ‘Bobby Jasoos’


Working with Vidya Balan was an unforgettable experience, says Samar Shaikh. –Supplied photo

Muscat: A former student of Indian School Muscat is making waves in the Indian film industry.

After studying in Muscat, Samar Shaikh went to Mumbai to study architecture and then began learning film-making and editing.

He started his career by working as an assistant with Yash Raj Films (YRF) for the blockbuster film Dhoom, after which he worked in all of YRF's projects as a visualiser/illustrator and special effects coordinator and also took part in direction.

Shaikh, who has been an illustrator for films like Fanaa (2006), Chak De India (2007) and Tashan (2008), has now directed the latest Bollywood detective movie, Bobby Jasoos.

The film, which was produced by Indian actress Dia Mirza and features the famous Bollywood heroine Vidya Balan as a detective, was released globally on July 4.

Shaikh stays in Mumbai, but the idea for the story of Bobby Jasoos came to him when he was staying in Muscat in 2012. "I came down to Muscat with my writer for a few weeks to develop his script, and that's when I developed the story of Bobby Jasoos. I find Muscat deeply inspiring and hope to return here every time I want to be alone and need some peace to develop new stories," he said.

Muscat memories
Samar grew up in Darsait and his earliest memories are of his daily walks to and back from school. Studying at ISM with students from diverse cultures and background gave Samar a greater understanding of different lifestyles and customs. "There is something deeply inspiring in the beauty and calm of Muscat. Living in Mumbai made me realise how fortunate I was to have grown up in Oman," he said.

The eldest son of first-generation expatriate parents, Samar was always inclined to make a career in architecture (his father has worked with the Ministry of Health, Oman for more than 35 years now). He moved to Mumbai after graduating from Indian School Muscat in 1999.

In Bollywood, he has worked closely with noted film makers like Aditya Chopra, Shimit Amin, Shaad Ali, Vijay Krishna Acharya, Sanjay Gadhvi, Siddharth Anand, Kunal Kohli, etc. Some of the projects that Samar has worked on are Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Bunty Aur Bubbly, Chak De India, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Tashan and Fanaa.

Working with Vidya Balan was an unforgettable experience, he says. Samar clearly remembers the first time he met Vidya Balan in a room full of awards and trophies. "As a director, my aim is that the audience leaves the theatre with a smile on their lips and believing more than ever in their larger-than-life dreams and family values. Bobby's journey is a triumph of human spirit. It is a story of hope, courage, love and laughter," he sums up.

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