‘EXPECTED MORE FROM BOLLYWOOD’
Director Neeraj Ghaywan feels that his film that won two awards at Cannes should have got more support in India
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.