Pritam Jalan talks to Chandi Mukherjee on the eve of his directorial debut, Trishna
My film, Trishna is about love. As the Saraswati Puja falls on Saturday I have taken a decision to release Trishna on 31st January as we all consider Saraswati Puja as the Bengalis Valentines Day.
Your films poster was charged for obscenity by Censor Board - how much sex is there in the film?
Not at all. But there are visually sensuous scenes in colour, costume and tempo. The presentation of the film is at par with Bollywood - Hollywood standard. The only adult dialogue is I Love you. In our earlier Bengali film “Rakhe Hari Mare Ke” there was more sex then Trishna. Now you judge yourself how much sex is there.
You have written the story-dialogue, you have directed and you have edited the film - why you have borne so many responsibilities on your own shoulder?
Raj Kapoor used to say that, a film is made in two folds only. The first fold is the writing table and the second film is editing table. I also believe in this theory. As I conceived the story, the sequences and visuals were in my head. So, I didnt have any shooting script and I didnt need one. I had only dialogues. The movement of the characters were pre-planned in my head and I used to instruct the cinematographer and the artists according to that plan. I took only 15days - 25 shifts of shooting for the entire film.
What is the bottomline of the story?
Very simple. Passion-Love-Betrayal. When Rituparna enquired about the script, I said these words to her only and she agreed to act.
Who are your target audience?
My mindset is not for the village people. Trishna is made for the urban audience who would be able to appreciate the film. As there is Rituparna in the film, village would go to the theatres for once and they would be astonished but probably they would not be in a position to appreciate.
As a debutant why did you pick such a subject?
Because I think only I would be able the handle the subject. I have designed even the costume, I have selected even the colour scheme because I think the visuals are the basic of any film.
The rumor in the air that your Trishna is a copy of Hindi film “Jism”, is it true?
You havent seen the film, so dont believe in all those rumors. I can tell you my Trishna is better than “Jism” and nobody dies in my film.
How is Rituparna in your film?
She is the soul of the film. In one line Rituparna is mind blowing.
How is your hero Anshuman?
I wanted a tall, handsome and fair male to act opposite Ritu. Anshuman fits all the bills. He is sexy in the film.
After the success of the film what is your next project?
There are two-three plots in mind but not yet decided. Might be another romantic film.
Thank You Mr. Jalan and good wishes for Trishna.