This is Junaid Imam, Creative writer & director from Pune India. I started my career in 2006. After working for more than 13 years as a writer and director for Television series, I started creating independent short festival films and documentaries. I have directed and won awards for some of my films at the international film festivals in Barcelona (Spain), Albania (Europe), USA & West Africa. Currently i am official Jury member at the American Youth Film Festival 2019. Prior to this, I was associated with Berlin Cinefest Film Festival, Germany as Official Jury member.
What does the city of Mumbai mean to you? What indications did you give to the cinematographers Jayesh Choudhary and Ajay Mali for filming in the streets of the city?
“ Kash” has shot at Mumbai & Pune, Both cities are completely different geographically. When I have written the script I was looking at Mumbai City local train and stations because most of the addicted people buy drugs from these areas. For drama building, Pune has a large slum area. So both cities have their importance. Jayesh Chaudhry and Ajay Mali are very experienced cinematographers. I have narrated to them my script and visualisation. Both have worked hard for the film and beautifully design the shots for the film.
How was the choice of Shafique Shaikh as the main actor? What qualities would you highlight about him?
Shafique Shaikh is a very senior theatre artist and a very hard-working actor. When I was writing the script I needed an actor who can play realistic acting. Shafique Shaikh really worked hard for the character. I met many actors in this film but Shafique was different and the best.