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April 27, 2012

How to shoot a superb opening credits sequence

Filed under: What's new — Rajeev @ 10:59 pm


Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar talks about how she conceived and filmed that incredible opening credits sequence of her debut film Luck By Chance, that’s been unanimously voted by movie-buffs as one of the finest and most memorable opening sequences in Hindi movies.

(This interview first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Zoya Akhtar is truly a role model. Intelligent, well-informed, classy and humorous. The other big filmmakers like Sajjid Khan, Farah Khan, Aneez Bazmee and Sirish Kunder who can neither make movies properly nor conduct themselves well should learn from her to behave with grace and make films with commitment and integrity. Apart from 3 Idiots, ZNMD was the first big hit movie in a long time that was quality entertainment. Most filmmakers who can afford to sign big heroes don’t bother making a decent film, but Zoya made a wonderful, clean movie even though she had superstars. She could have easily made Katrina do a cheap item number to publicise her film but she was brave enough to not take such a route. Ma’am you are inspiration for aspiring filmmakers like me.

    Comment by Navin — April 28, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  2. Agree! Zoya is always so composed, well-spoken and intelligent. She’s one of few filmmakers that I actually enjoy listening to speak. And yes, Luck By Chance credits rock.

    Comment by Aly — April 28, 2012 @ 9:42 am

  3. Luck By Chance is certainly one of the finest movies made in Hindi Cinema. Mainly because it doesn’t portray the director’s subject about the movie but instead is a mere story with dramatic yet realistic moments. It doesn’t intend to judge anyone or anything. This is a perfect example of a filmmaker’s role which is to be the third eye and not to inculcate an opinion on the public. Cheers to Zoya Akhthar for making such a valiant effort. ZNMD though was a bit stereotypical adventure movie.

    Comment by Swaroop Kodur — April 29, 2012 @ 12:09 am

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