‘EX­PECTED MORE FROM BOL­LY­WOOD’

Di­rec­tor Neeraj Ghay­wan feels that his film that won two awards at Cannes should have got more sup­port in In­dia

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Film­maker Neeraj

Ghay­wan (far right), who won two awards at Cannes for his film Masaan this year, never imag­ined he’d win any award. How­ever, the film­maker who worked as an ad­di­tional di­rec­tor on Gangs Of Wassey­pur (2012) was not happy with the re­ac­tion he got from the In­dian film in­dus­try. “Well, I haven’t got any com­pli­ments as such from Bol­ly­wood. I know Dia Mirza, Ar­jun Kapoor and Sha­bana Azmi all tweeted about it, and I am re­ally grate­ful for that. But hon­estly, I ex­pected a bit more,” he says, adding, “I might sound im­mod­est when I say this, but I gen­uinely ex­pected more. Be­cause I was hap­pier that we, as a na­tion, got an award af­ter so many years. And I be­lieved that the award was not just about me or my film or my ac­tors. There was more hap­pi­ness for the coun­try. I mean, I have been track­ing Cannes for years, and an In­dian film won af­ter years. So, I ex­pected a lit­tle more en­thu­si­asm. But I think it was a good thing as it helped me stay grounded (laughs).” The 35-year-old got a five-minute stand­ing ova­tion af­ter his film was screened at the fes­ti­val, and later bagged the FIPRESCI and Promis­ing Fu­ture award. Ghay­wan never ex­pected any sort of recog­ni­tion. “I don’t think I can even say that I dreamt of a mo­ment like this. Be­cause I never re­ally thought in my wildest dreams that it’d ever be pos­si­ble,” he says.

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