A 100-year-old iconic copying machine has been specially created for Naseeruddin Shah’s character in the film, Hope aur Hum.

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who will be seen in the upcoming film Hope aur Hum in which he will be essaying the role of a man whose obsession with his traditional copying machine starts to take a toll on the relationship of the entire family.

Interestingly, the machine also has a name, Mr Soennecken, which is Naseeruddin’s most valued possession in the film, which he guards it with his life.

Hope aur Hum is attracting eyeballs for all the right reasons and fans are eagerly waiting for this film to arrive on the big screen.

But did you know the story, written by Sudip Bandyopadhyay, is actually inspired by a real-life incident?

Sudip, who is a fine arts student from Kolkata, used to get photo copies from an old man near his college and the old man owned a machine similar to Mr Soennecken. It was this machine that helped Sudip make many college deadlines and eventually inspired him to direct the upcoming film.

“When we started I had no images of Mr. Soennecken, only pictures I had drawn as a young man. When I drew it for Tapas, it was mostly out of memory. Something that was so fresh in my mind, even 20 years later. Tapas and I began the work and it was coming together well when Ravi K Chandran told us ‘this doesn’t have a vintage feel.’ After that we tried many permutations and combinations to make it work, the only winner was an acid wash. So, Tapas and I sat and brushed the whole thing with acid, we saw the effect it had on the look and then we brushed it down with water again before it burned and then polished it. That was when Mr. Soennecken was ready. The machine is truly made from our blood, sweat and tears,” Sudip said.

Hope aur Hum also starring Sonali Kulkarni, Aamir Bashir, Naveen Kasturia and Kabir Sajid alongside Naseeruddin is all set to release on May 11.