The film ‘Jajantram Mamantram’, released on 30 May 2003, has completed 20 years today. The film was full of heavy VFX. In an interview, Javed Jaffrey, who was the lead actor of the film, told that it was very challenging to shoot the film. In many scenes, there was no co-actor in front of him and he had to speak his dialogues by looking at matchsticks.
In an interview to Hindustan Times, Javed talked about the film. He told, ‘At that time there was not even a green screen for VFX. We shot this film on blue screen. It had heavy VFX work as it featured dwarf characters. In such a situation, except the climax scene, all my scenes were shot in front of the blue screen.
Javed further said, ‘The biggest difficulty as an actor was that I had to do my scenes without any co-actor. I used small matchsticks or pieces of wood as cues and delivered my dialogues by looking at them. Only in the climax scene, when I fight with Jhamunda, there was an actor in front of me because according to the story, my height was the same as his.
Talking about the film, Javed said, ‘I was excited to work on this idea from the time I heard the script for the first time. At that time, I was also hosting children’s favorite show ‘Takeshi Castle’, so I agreed to do this film. It feels good when even today kids recognize me for this character. Even today, whenever I stop at a signal, the children see and shout ‘Hey Jhamunda…Hey Aditya…’.
Released in 2003, the film was based on the novel Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. This was the period when superhero genre films were mostly made in Hollywood. In such a period, this film gave India its superhero. Javed Jaffrey also got recognition in the Bollywood industry from this film.