Director Shakun Batra chose ad film editor Shivkumar Panicker for Kapoor & Sons after he saw that how well he cut a story in 30 seconds. “Handling a machine is easy, but it is tough to tell a story well. When I showed him the script, he returned with lot of notes; this curiosity excited me.”
Panicker, on his part, ascribes Batra’s precise vision to his ease in fulfilling his role. “The scenes were not overly shot,” he commented. “Only the sequence where the whole family gathered to sing ‘Haa tum bilkul waisi ho’ was elaborately shot with two camera set-ups. That was a difficult to cut since it had nine-odd characters.”
Initially, Panicker was unsure how his editing efforts would be accepted. But with Kapoor & Sons having cracked it at the box office, he is looking forward to more cinematic challenges. He has recently edited the Manoj Bajpayee-fronted Budhia Singh: Born To Run. Meanwhile, the commercials continue to roll.