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Shoojit Sircar is the man of the moment. He has just produced one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, PINK. And he plans a lot more. We spoke to the man who has earlier directed very well-received films such as Vicky Donor and Piku to know more what’s playing on his mind.
You were the creative producer on Pink, while Anirudha Roy Chowdhury directed it. Do you get possessive about the film in such cases?
I am very possessive. I am there as a part of the film. There is no doubt that Tony (Aniruddha) has made some wonderful films in Bengali. He is talented and he is responsible for this film and even answerable for this film. However, when I work as a creative producer I do everything in the creative department. I become a very good associate director. I interfere a lot. And Tony accepts my interference. If this was another director he would have ran away! I must add, we are a democratic set-up. Everyone is allowed to express opinions and we work on them.
Pink was your third film with Mr Bachchan. Everyone talks about his enthusiasm. How young would say he is?
Amitabh Bachchan is quite young. He is sometimes a 12-year-old. And sometimes he is 17. On our sets, we had at least ten young actors and actress and Mr Bachchan would not leave them. They would all be together. He would be talking with them, laughing with them! Like young boys have toys, Mr Bachchan gets excited about the script. Once you have given him a script it’s like you have given him a toy. He gets so involved with it. It is incredible to watch him working. You know, the present generation of directors write for him. They all look forward to work with him. Every director, from Sujoy to Anurag, both the Anurags, want to write for him. Isn’t this a fortunate time that we are writing for him?
You agree that he has changed the industry?
Oh yes, of course he has. There is no doubt. No argument. He is a legend and he is standing there like a backbone of this industry.
Does it hurt that Shoebite has not released?
Yes, it does. But we hope it releases soon. Any film you do, for everyone who has worked upon it, is hurtful that it is lying unreleased. It is disheartening. We are at it, we have hope.
Another film, RunningShaadi.com , made under your banner has been lying unreleased.
It will release soon. It was supposed to release last year. But that’s fine. It is still a pretty timeless and both Tapsee and Amit (Sadh) are very good in the film.
What happened to Hamara Bajaj, which you were to direct?
I have never really commented on Hamara Bajaj going on floors. I have always said that I am working on the script and it is not ready yet. But I think there was a rumour in the media that the film is starting and then stuck. But I was never ready.
You recently met Ranbir Kapoor and that gave rise to murmur that you are working with him next.
Yes, there was a rumour about Ranbir Kapoor. I really want to work with Ranbir but, but that particular meeting not about a film. We had just met to discuss football and cinema in general. We look forward to working with each other. Let’s see when that works out.
Talking about football, what is the update on 1911, the football movie you were to make?
Again, I am working on the script. I have never said that I am making it right away. Unless a script is done at a satisfactory level we will not be ready. it is an interesting thought.
Finally, tell me, are you greedy as a filmmaker.
I am greedy as a storyteller. I want to tell a lot of stories, the stories I have. I am not in a hurry though. I am not from the industry at all. I make films and run away from here. I stay in Kolkata. I enjoy my Kolkata adda and my jhalmuri and puchkas and everything else.
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