Whenever I’m asked to pick a Bollywood movie that changed my life, I almost always say Wake Up Sid. It may not be the movie, itself. But a lot of important life decisions happened based on this movie. I moved to Bombay, for starters – but that’s another story for another day.
Ayan Mukherjee‘s directorial debut struck a chord with many people – especially those of us who were ‘Sids’ ourselves at that point in our life. Ranbir Kapoor‘s portrayal of Sid was heart-warming and his effortless look was the talk of the town for a long time back in the day.
I spent Sunday watching the Making Of Wake Up Sid and my favourite part from it was the bit where I found out that Ranbir’s iconic boxers in the film were given wayyy too much thought.
Ranbir: The first time I was supposed to wear boxers in the film, that’s the first time you see Sid… Ayan made me try – and I’m not kidding – at least 65-70 boxers. And we ended up using very simple blue boxer shorts, without any design on it.
Ayan: I had a visual of this boy who was studying for his exams in his boxers and a t-shirt and long socks. I thought it was really cute. And it just stuck.
Ranbir: All the boxers that we’ve used in the film are my personal boxers. It was my other contribution to the film (smiles).
Ayan: I don’t think Ranbir was very comfortable wearing boxers and we made him wear an awful lot of boxers in the film. He was a bit shy actually.
Anil Mehta (cinematographer): Often you’d have an assistant pulling his (Ranbir’s) t-shirt up or pulling his pants down to see if he’s wearing the right pair of boxers in that particular scene.