"Well, Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda have traditionally been known as a 'Guru Shishya jodi'. By pitting them opposite each other in John Day, we were ensured that the sparks would fly; more so since the film has its core in the game of one upmanship being in play. The kind of histrionics in play on the big screen would be engaging enough for the audience," says Ahishor Solomon, the film's director.
As per the film's producers Anjum Rizvi, K. Asif and Aatef Khan, it is the sheer complexity of emotions and the turnaround which happens to the characters in John Day, which is not just engaging but even emotionally scary at times.
Naseeruddin Shah also liked the hidden message that went as "Badle ki bhaavna har baat ka jawaab nai hoti, aur ye bhaavna aapko wo bana deti hai jiska aap pichaa kar rahey hain".
As for Randeep, there is an interesting story that goes behind his inclusion in the film. Apparently, the part of a nihilist cop that he plays was first offered to Naseeruddin Shah. The veteran actor decided to play the part of John Day instead. However, he was happy to see Randeep stepping in as a cop, more so since he had found his brooding act as a cop in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai quite wonderful.
"So many of us feel that Randeep reminds of Naseeruddin in many ways. Guess to have them both in John Day was destined," smiles Ahishor before signing off.