What do Salman Khan and Farhan Akhtar have in common?

Salman Khan has nearly completed the shoot for Prabhu Dheva’s directorial, Radhe. Director-writer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is now adding finishing touches to his next, Toofan, starring Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur and Darshan Kumarr. What do both these films have in common?

Vijay Maurya! He’s the man involved with both the films’ dialogue and screenplay departments. While finalising the details of his own directorial venture, the writer-actor was also working on the dialogue for Toofan and Radhe which are diametrically different from each other. Talking about switching gears between these films and his own venture, Vijay says, “Every film has its own barriers and difficulties. Gully Boy, Tumhari Sulu, Chillar Party or Hunterrr — every film has its flavour and a world that you have to dive into to make the characters speak. A character from Baahubali won’t speak the same lingo as a character from Gully Boy. As a dialogue writer, my job is to create interesting dialogue that people enjoy without finding it out of place. Kabhi kabhi khoon jalta hai jab character pakad mein nahi aata. That’s the reason I find every project challenging. Radhe and Toofan are such different worlds for one to switch between.”

Elaborating how difficult it is to switch between dialogues for Radhe and Toofan, Vijay says, “Every filmmaker has his or her own personality and choice of films. There’s a unique way in which each director interprets a story. Prabhu Dheva, with his phenomenal body of work both as an actor and a filmmaker, has a style of narration which is different from Rakeysh sir’s. I studied his work to understand what he needs from me. Rakeysh sir gave me Rang De Basanti, and Bhag Milkha Bhag. I understand his world. When I sit with him, I cannot be in Prabhu Dheva’s zone. Bhaga denge mujhe! When I’m with Prabhu Dheva, I can’t be in Rakeysh sir’s zone. He’ll wonder what happened to me suddenly. They both have such different aura. As a writer, you have to understand the director’s mind. The switching between filmmakers is where the art lies.”

When asked if Gully Boy had made the much-needed difference to his career and if things had changed with that film, Vijay says, “Gully Boy has a role to play in where I have reached in my career. It unveiled a layer to my personality and to my writing skills. I hope people keep discovering things about me. Every film teaches you new things. Writing is all about rewriting and not shying away from doing that.”