Chandi Mukherjee & Aniruddha Dhar caught up with film maker Rituparno Ghosh to discuss about his upcoming films, starting with Khela. Rituparno Ghosh started his directorial career early in 1990's with his Children film Hirer Aangti, which was not released commercially. Now in 2008 he has almost completed five films which are awaiting release.
Chandi Mukherjee & Aniruddha Dhar caught up with film maker Rituparno Ghosh to discuss about his upcoming films, starting with Khela
Rituparno Ghosh started his directorial career early in 1990s with his Children film Hirer Aangti, which was not released commercially. Now in 2008 he has almost completed five films which are awaiting release. Those almost-complete films are:
- Sunglass: here the protagonist is a simple house wife (Kankona Sen Sharma) who accidentally comes across a sunglass with a magical power from a curio-shop. This is a double version film in Bengali & Hindi.
- Khela: here the protagonist is a film maker (Prasenjit).Though his wife wants a baby but he is not ready to take the responsibility of child as he feels it might compromise the artiste inside him.
- The Last Year: here the central character is a veteran theatre artist (Amitabh Bachchan). At his old age he suddenly decided to act in a film. This film is in English.
- Sob Choritro Kalponik: here the central character is a NRI (Bipasha Basu). She comes to town from aboard after her husbands death and certain truth about her husband is revealed.
- Abohomaan: here the central character is a film maker (Dipankar Dey) and his relationship with a struggling actress.
Five different films with five different concepts! How does he choose his subjects? In an interview recently Rituparno said, I like to choose topics that deal with the various chambers of peoples minds, no doubt right from the beginning he is doing that, trying to delve into the complexity of human mind. We have seen it in Dahan, Unishe April, Dosar, Antarmahal etc.
Of your five films that are to be release, which film is first in line?
Khela is slated for this July, 11 to be specific and then The Last Lear on 12th September this year.
I know that your post production work of Sunglass & Sob Choritra Kalponik is not yet over. Inspire of that you have started the production of Abohomaan and that is almost over. Dont you feel any discomfort in switching on a film and then switching it off after a little work & again switching on to another film?
Actually clearing the pipe is a little arduous. And prolificacy is a part, rather a necessary condition to be and to be doing well in the communication business.
Whether he needs any space and time for creativity, he recently started in an interview that, I am through with the creative process long before hitting the floors. Shooting for me is a very mechanical thing. I draw up the schedule chalk out the scenes and so on. I dont think I would have done any better if I had more time.
Tell me something about you next release Khela.
Its a film on pure fun. It has extensive outdoor - there are mountains, falls & forest.
And what about the treatment?
Unbridled celebration of joy.
Here the protagonist is married like in your earlier film Dosar. Does this film have any complexity in the relationship of husband and wife?
It is completely different from Dosar. Actually here the wife wants a baby and the husband feels that the child will compromise the artiste in him. Not even there is any complexity of the male protagonists profession. Khela is my first film which has a male protagonist and a child actor; here the female character is subsidiary. Its primarily a film about rediscovering a lost innocence. Here the aspiring abut passionate film maker creates a bond with a superb rut of a child and who does feel that a child may spoil his career, started re-discovering a child within him.
Do you watch Bengali films by the next-gen directors?
Not all, but I watch.
Do you think these film-makers are quite efficient enough like their national-level counterparts who are making Aamir, Bheja Fry, Khosla Ka Ghosla etc.?
I think Bengali counterparts are pretty prevalent. Anjan Duttas film The Bong Connection, Maynak Bhowmiks Amra and quite a few others have broken away from the traditional format of Bengali cinema and are making pleasurable departures.
Your dream project is making Mahabharata. Would it happen?
Hope so. But when, I dont know.
What is the problem?
The problem is to find the right tone and manner that justifies its epic values. The problem has been rendered even more crucial on the face of the miracle-ridden over-simplified religious versions of this intricate epic by the TV serial. That by default has ingrained in the Indian mind, the visual concept of Mahabharata.
Well, all the best for Khela and all your other ventures.
Thanks, a lot.